On 15 September, the Head of the Agency’s Freedoms and Justice Department gave a plenary presentation on legal responses to gender-based violence at the European Society of Criminology Conference in Cardiff, UK.
Providing adequate control over the standards in reception centres adds to EU Member States’ challenges in ensuring appropriate living conditions for asylum seekers. This was one of the findings from the latest summary from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights concerns in some Member States. It assesses how Member States are ensuring that appropriate oversight and standards are maintained in migrant reception centres.
The vast majority of Muslims in the EU have a high sense of trust in democratic institutions despite experiencing widespread discrimination and harassment, a major survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. The survey captures the experiences of Muslim immigrants and their EU-born children, revealing that public attitudes have changed all too little over the last decade.
On 5-6 September, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights held a consultation meeting in Geneva with selected national statistical institutes, national human rights institutions and international organisations to discuss the methodological details of collecting data for some of the Sustainable Development Goal indicators.
Members of Independent Police Complaints Authorities’ Network (IPCAN) issued a declaration calling on the Council of Europe, the European Union and the OSCE to urge Member States to strengthen the oversight of national security services.
The Agency took part in the Council of Europe’s drafting group responsible for developing standards on guardianship for children in the context of migration. The meeting, held in Strasbourg on 19 and 20 September, discussed issues related to the organisation of guardianship systems.
The FRA Director met high-level officials in Sofia from 19 to 20 September to further strengthen the Agency’s cooperation with Bulgaria in light of the future Bulgarian EU Presidency that will start in January 2018.