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The Role Of Human Rights Ambassadors In Human Rights Diplomacy — Perspectives From Spain

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A number of member states of the European Union (EU) have appointed human rights ambassadors today. Human rights ambassadors are spokespersons for a certain view of international relations. His or her appointment constitutes a very important step in the promotion of human rights through diplomatic means. Among other tasks of European human rights ambassadors are: First, to ensure the coordination and cooperation of different actors involved in developing and implementing their country's human rights policies. This includes coordination with civil society. Second, ambassadors contribute to shaping their country's diplomacy on human rights at the bilateral, regional and international level, including through setting of priorities. Third, they carry out visits to third countries for the promotion and protection of human rights. And fourth, they work to strengthen human rights policies of the EU. This chatper elaborates these tasks in more detail. The focus is placed on Spain.

Keywords: civil society; diplomacy; European Union (EU); human rights ambassadors; international relations; member states; protection of human rights; role; Spain



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