The freezing temperatures across much of Europe have placed many asylum seekers and migrants in peril as they remain in ill-equipped facilities. This is one of the main concerns from the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights in selected EU Member States.
The 2017 annual CIVIS media conference explored the topic of ‘new belonging’ and the role of media in generating positive and forward looking narratives on inclusion, migration, fundamental rights and values.
The Agency gave a presentation on the contribution of European standards to implementing the UN’s Child Rights Convention during a conference on the promotion of children’s rights and professional training, organised by Centro de Estudos para Intervenção Social (CESIS).
Providing independent human rights expertise to EU institutions is a fundamental pillar of the Agency’s work, as FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty outlined to a European Parliament Working Group in Brussels on 10 January.
At the end of 2016, the members of the EU Framework to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) adopted the Framework’s 2017-2018 work programme.
On 19-20 December, the Agency, in cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), conducted two workshops on site management and fundamental rights protection in the migration hotspot on the Greek island of Leros.
The Agency submitted input to the report from the Office of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights on the impact of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence on the rights of women and girls.