On 6 April, FRA was a keynote speaker during a session on the non-discrimination of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersexual (LGBTI) people at the Council of Europe’s child rights strategy conference in Sofia.
An EU list of safe countries of origin can help improve the overall asylum application process but only alongside other EU asylum laws and responsibilities, and border management capacity-building measures, as FRA’s latest Opinion shows. While it points to potential benefits, by freeing up resources to examine genuine asylum claims for example, it also flags the need for strong fundamental rights safeguards.
The Council of Europe’s new child rights strategy 2016-2021 to protect and empower all children, is a welcome and much-needed initiative, said FRA’s Director Michael O’Flaherty at the strategy’s launch conference, ‘Reaching the heights for the rights of the child’ in Sofia, on 5 April.
FRA presented the findings from its report ‘Professionally Speaking: challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people’ to the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee on 21 March in Brussels.
On 16 and 17 March, representatives of the FRANET contractors working on the fieldwork phase of FRA’s project on the right to independent living of persons with disabilities met in Vienna to kick off the national qualitative research.
In its third monthly update on fundamental rights and migration in the EU Member States that have seen the greatest numbers of asylum seekers and migrants, FRA has added a focus section which in February is dedicated to situation of children.