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Across the world, human rights defenders take action to protect and promote human rights. But many of them face persecution in their home countries due to their human rights work. As there is no common, consistent EU approach, it is often difficult for them to find safety in the EU. Lack of information and obstacles in obtaining visa are some of the main challenges they face, finds an EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) report. More flexible relocation programmes and practical support would help.
FRA organised an information session on its data explorers. The session provided an overview of available datasets, and explained how to search, visualise or export the data. More than 40 representatives of national authorities across the EU joined the presentation.
FRA, together with representatives from the European Commission, several Member States, civil society and the UNHCR took part in a working group meeting organised by the EU Asylum Agency in Malta on 27-30 June.
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FRA took part in an online workshop on ‘2023 annual reports: Main insights, lessons learnt and sharing good practices’. The workshop was organised by the EU Asylum Agency.
On 4 July 2023, FRA provided fundamental rights training to Europol’s guest officers who will be deployed in Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Greece.
The incoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU invited FRA to the informal meeting of members of the Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI).
The Council of Europe Programme for human rights education for legal professionals (HELP) will host a hybrid conference on 6 July.
Following the recent tragic loss of life off the Greek coast, a short report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) suggests what the EU should do to prevent more deaths at sea. FRA calls on the European Commission, EU Member States and EU Agencies to act now to prevent future tragedies and save lives.
Following repeated evidence of racism in policing in some EU countries, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) calls on EU Member States to step up their efforts and effectively fight discrimination, harassment, and violence against ethnic minorities in Europe.
On 3 July, FRA will run a webinar for the Fundamental Rights Platform to present and discuss the key highlights, opinions and findings from FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2023.
FRA’s Director took part in a Digital Assembly 2023 side-session on the Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles on 16 June in Stockholm.
On 8 and 9 June, the FRA Director met with Spanish government officials in the run-up to the Presidency of the Council of the EU in Madrid.
FRA provided fundamental rights insights during a thematic workshop of the European Migration Network Return Expert Group.
FRA attended the first General Assembly of the new EU Children’s Participation Platform on 26 June.
On 21 June, FRA attended the Employers Sanctions Directive working group in Brussels.
FRA took part in a public hearing on the labour market situation and Roma workers’ rights in a time of economic crisis.
FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty will present FRA’s upcoming report on protecting human rights defenders at risk to the European Parliament’s Human Rights subcommittee (DROI) on 28 June.
FRA will take part in UEFA’s inaugural Respect Forum on 27 and 28 June in Frankfurt.
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FRA Director's speech on 26 June at the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) III in 2023 in Vienna on the role of civil society in promoting and protecting tolerance and non-discrimination.
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The European Commission and FRA hosted a seminar on ‘Supporting civil society organisations and human rights defenders through funding’ on 19 June in Brussels.