June 11th, 2008

This year's EU-US Summit took place in Brdo, Slovenia on 10 June 2008.

During the summit a  declaration was signed in which the leaders of the European Union and the United States of America vowed to promote international peace, stability, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

Although the efforts of some post soviet republics like Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova are praised in the declaration, the EU and U.S. also promise to continue to promote democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights in Azerbaijan, along with Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The issue of prisoners of conscience in the world is also mentioned in the declaration: “We’ll continue acting jointly bilaterally and multilaterally to promote democracy, safeguard peace and human rights and in this regard encourage all governments to promote and protect their citizens’ human rights. We have co-sponsored a declaration in the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the plight of prisoners of conscience throughout the world in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”