The Agency brought its experience from working in migration hotspots in Italy and Greece to a European Commission expert workshop on the implementation of the child sexual abuse directive with regards to migrant children.
Protecting human rights is not an obstacle to combating terrorism was one of the FRA Director’s central messages to the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Terrorism. Instead, adopting a human rights-respectful approach can foster a safe society and boost security, as he outlined during his exchange of views with committee members during their meeting on 8 January in Brussels.
This year the Agency will see the return of its landmark Fundamental Rights Forum. Following the success of the 2016 event, it will again bring together a diverse group of people from many walks of life but this time will explore what belonging means to different groups. In doing so, the Forum will seek to find ways how best to instil a culture of fundamental rights across the EU by demonstrating that human rights are for everyone and must be respected by everyone.
In 2017, the Agency marked its 10-year anniversary at a time when fundamental rights continue to be challenged. It was an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved while acknowledging much still remains to be done to reposition respect for fundamental rights as a core value across Europe.
The Agency’s latest monthly report on migration-related fundamental rights issues points to persisting concerns as well as progress across a number of EU Member States. Released on International Migrants Day on 18 December it shows that while asylum applications have fallen in some Member States, they have risen in others which continues to strain resources and have a knock-on effect on services.
The Agency presented the findings from its second EU Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS II) and the beta version of its database of relevance to Muslims in Europe at the 4th Roundtable on combating anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination.
The European Network of Equality Bodies, Equinet, held a conference on 7 December in Brussels to look at how equality bodies can contribute to improving inclusion of and non-discrimination towards migrants in Europe.