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.
Over the last decade, new fundamental rights laws and policies have been adopted and specialist institutions created. But fundamental rights challenges still remain and rights are under attack, underlining the lack of a fundamental rights culture across institutions and societies, as the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals in its 2017 Fundamental Rights Report.
Asylum seekers and refugees in many parts of Europe risk being confined to a life of inequality and disadvantage due to gaps in their education and the lack of support in schools for trauma victims. These are some 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 which assesses the educational prospects of migrants.
The Agency took part in the regional experts’ consultation on the Joint General Comment on the Human Rights of children in the context of international migration, developed by the Children Rights Committee and the Committee on Migrant Workers.
The Agency presented findings from its research into child-friendly justice to the EU Council’s Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens' Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP) on 3 May in Brussels.
Children and experts underlined the need to give children the chance of being agents of change during an event at the Agency on 28 April on improving child participation. They spoke of the importance of mainstreaming child participation across policies to ensure the views of children are captured in all matters that affect them. The children underlined why change is needed when they recounted their experiences of being scared, frustrated, ignored or belittled in judicial proceedings.