With the internet awash with online hatred, there is an urgent need to take a comprehensive, rights-based approach to stem the tide, urged FRA’s Director during discussions with EU Justice ministers. The working lunch debate focused on the code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online signed one year ago by the European Commission and IT companies.
FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty warned of the shrinking space across Europe for human rights and their key proponents, civil society, during a keynote speech on 6 June in Oslo. His speech to the ‘Together for a strong civil society in Europe’ conference underlined the crucial role civil society plays in safeguarding and promoting fundamental rights despite the varied threats they face.
The Agency's Director explained the fundamental rights implications of interoperable border management and security information systems to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 29 May in Brussels.