The Council of Europe’s programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) will begin its ‘HELP in the 28’ course ‘Fight against Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia’ on 6 February in Rome.
The rising tide of intolerance spreading across Europe demonstrates the vulnerability of human rights and the need to be ever vigilant in their protection. On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) call for greater efforts to acknowledge and reflect on the horrors of the past and to stand up against all forms of xenophobia and intolerance.
2016 saw Europe’s fundamental rights resolve being severely tested. Fundamental rights and freedoms were challenged in many areas, including migration and inclusion. In response, the Agency stepped up its efforts convened to provide practical support to safeguard the fundamental rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
From 13 to 14 December, the Agency took part in the 10th ‘Israel-European Union Bilateral Dialogue on Combating Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia’. It presented its work on combating antisemitism, hate crime and education about fundamental rights, citizenship and learning from the Holocaust.
In the latest annual overview of EU antisemitism data from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Agency points to the lack of progress on data collection. This continues to hinder efforts to combat antisemitism, as such data underpin targeted responses.