This year’s Fundamental Rights Conference focuses on ‘Combating hate crime in the EU’. The event, an annual milestone for fundamental rights in the EU, brought together 400 policy makers and practitioners from the EU and its Member States. This included representatives from international, EU and national bodies, parliamentarians, law enforcement officers, civil society and many more.
The FRA met with key stakeholders on 11 November, ahead of its Fundamental Rights Conference on 12-13 November, to discuss the findings of its survey on perceptions and experiences of hate crimes against Jews, which was published last week.
“Fear drains people’s strength, preventing them from living their lives openly, as each of us as the right to do,” said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum at the launch of the Agency’s report on antisemitism on 8 November.
FRA took part in an international seminar on hate crime in Vilnius on 18 October. It was organised by the Lithuanian presidency and closely links to the hate crime focus of FRA’s Fundamental Rights Conference this year.
The Steering Committee and director of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) met FRA on 14 October to be briefed about the agency’s survey of Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism.
On 24 September, FRA and the European Union Committee of the Regions (CoR) held their 5th Annual Dialogue. This year's event was entitled ‘Working together on fundamental rights: multi-level approaches to combating hate crime in the EU’.