Speaking at the Media Freedom Initiative in Kampala, Uganda

EU Special Representative for Human Rights

Eamon Gilmore is the EU Special Representative for Human Rights. Eamon took up his duties on 1 March 2019 and has been appointed initially for two years. In February 2021, his mandate was extended for a further two years until 28 February 2023.

The tasks of the Special Representative for Human Rights are to enhance the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy. The Special Representative has a broad, flexible mandate, which provides the possibility of adapting to evolving geopolitical circumstances. The Special Representative works closely with the European External Action Service, which provides full support to his work.

As former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Eamon had government responsibility for the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, including its core human rights provisions. Since October 2015, he has been the High Representative's Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process. His work and contribution to the peace process were greatly appreciated by all sides.

COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2019/346 of 28 February 2019 appointing the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights</b>