Defence practitioners from the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) met with Agency experts on 24 February to discuss ongoing and emerging issues in the area of access to justice and migration.
While it is important to mark the 10 year anniversary of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency, there are real and growing threats to the achievements that have been made over the years. This was the prevailing mood among high-level speakers, such as Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová, during discussions at the anniversary event in Vienna on 28 February. They called for stronger voices and action building the case for rights-based approaches in everything we do.
These are difficult times for human rights. To mark its 10th anniversary, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights is hosting a discussion to take stock of the human rights successes in the European Union over the last decade and at the same time consider the enormous challenges before us. Among the key speakers are Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová.
On 15-16 February, FRA participated as an observer in the joint meeting of the Council of Europe Drafting Group on Migration and Human Rights (CDDH-MIG) and the Committee of Experts on Administrative Detention of Migrants (CJ-DAM), organised by the CoE Chairmanship of Cyprus in Nicosia.
Many Member States fail the migrant victims of torture and trauma by not having systems in place to recognise the ordeals they have suffered and support them on arrival. Such trauma if left untreated can scar them and their families for life, and may lead to suicide. These are some of the findings from the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights concerns in selected EU Member States. It examines how victims are being handled by national authorities to highlight how to best offer them the protection they are entitled to.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex (LGBTI) persons still face everyday discrimination, hatred and violence despite a number of positive developments in recent years, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty told a conference on LGBTIQ equality in Malta today (23 February).