The COST* Action on Human Rights, Peace and Security in EU Foreign Policy (COST Action A28) was launched at the 5th annual conference of AHRI in 2004, hosted by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights in Oslo. The aim of this COST Action is to recommend modifications on the foreign policy of the EU in the field of human rights, peace and security. According to the Memorandum of Understanding between AHRI and COST, AHRI will present its findings to COST as by 2008.
Four specific sub-themes have been identified within the research project and are reflective of the COST academic programme. They are as follows: (i) Peacekeeping and peace enforcement; (ii) International criminal tribunals; (iii) Development cooperation, (iv) The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), including other parts of the UN human rights programme, and the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the OSCE. Four working groups have been established to further develop and examine each of these sub-themes. Following the AHRI conference in Oslo in 2004, each working group has set up a working agenda with defined goals and areas of interest.
For more information on the COST Action A28, please visit the website of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights which currently hosts the AHRI Secretariat. More detailed information on the purpose and general activity of COST can be found on the COST home page.