The Agency and its IT development contractor met experts from various Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms in Strasbourg on 30 November to explore how best to design FRA’s planned European Fundamental Rights Information System (EFRIS).
On the invitation of the organisers, FRA gave a presentation on statelessness as an issue of international protection on the first day of the 11th World Conference of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges.
On 5 December, during its fourth meeting, the EU High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance endorsed the key guiding principles on hate crime recording drawn up by the Subgroup on methodologies for recording and collecting data on hate crime facilitated by FRA.
FRA participated as an observer in the final meeting of the second phase of the European Coast Guard Functions Academy Network project (ECGFA NET II) in Helsinki on 28-29 November, with the aim of contributing to the project with regard to fundamental rights.
FRA took part in the ‘Freedom under Pressure’ international conference in Ghent on 7-8 December, which gathered together scholars and practitioners from various disciplines to discuss key fundamental rights and freedoms that are currently under pressure.
Day in, day out we see efforts to chip away at the bedrock of human rights on which Europe is founded. Human Rights Day on 10 December is a time to reaffirm our commitment to human rights and stand up for equality, justice and human dignity for ourselves and others.
Persisting widespread discrimination, intolerance and hatred across the EU threatens to marginalise and alienate many minority group members who otherwise feel largely attached to the country they live in and trust its institutions. These findings emerge from a major repeat survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).