Roma women have long been held back by inequalities, poverty, dire living conditions and a lack of opportunities, says the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on International Women’s Day on 8 March.
“Often [migrants] live and work in the shadows, denied their rights and vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and marginalisation,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty during the 3rd European Migration Forum in Brussels on 3 March. He outlined some of the shortcomings of existing integration policies across the EU, to guide the EU and its Member States as they refocus their integration efforts.
Europe network of equalities bodies, Equinet, and the European network of national human rights institutions, ENNHRI, came to the Agency on 27 February to take stock of previous joint work with a view to enhance its future strategic cooperation.
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.