At an event in business and human rights in Strasbourg on 9 June, organised by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Human Rights, the Agency spoke about its April 2017 Opinion on access to remedies in cases of business-related human rights abuse and what is needed for action.
The Agency presented its plans in the area of civil society space, including its report due out in 2018, during a meeting of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 1 June.
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.