On 6 September, the Agency took part in discussions during a seminar organised by the Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland on the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Europe of values is under threat. Respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law are being challenged. Citizenship education holds the key to unlocking a fully inclusive and participatory society, if democracy is to flourish not falter, says the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, marking International Day of Democracy on 15 September.
Two months have passed since over 700 participants from all walks of life gathered for four days of profoundly rich and stimulating discussions during FRA’s Fundamental Rights the Forum in Vienna from 20 to 23 June.
On 6 September, FRA presented an overview of fundamental rights issues in the field of border management, as well as returns, to the Schengen Committee, which is attended by all EU and Schengen states.
The washed-up image of the drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi on 2 September last year provoked international outcry. It helped focus attention on the refugee situation. One year on, still more needs to be done to better protect refugee children, says FRA.