Over one million people sought refuge in the EU in 2015, a fivefold increase from the year before. In its Fundamental Rights Report 2016, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) examines the scale and nature of the challenge and proposes measures to ensure fundamental rights are respected across the EU.
The importance of fostering trust in the police as a vital element of increasing reporting of hate crime was emphasised at the opening of the last session of FRA’s Working Party on hate crime, which ends today in its current form prior to becoming a sub-group of the European Commission’s newly forming High Level Group on Racism, Xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.
The FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty met on 15 April with the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Michael Georg Link, and the Head of ODIHR’s Human Rights Department.
On March 14, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty addressed the International Parliamentary Conference on Combating Antisemitism at the Bundestag in Berlin underlining the effect that such crimes have on individuals and communities.
On International Holocaust Remembrance day, FRA honours the memory of the victims and renews its calls for the EU and its Member States to increase their efforts to combat antisemitism, a phenomenon that shows no sign of waning.
The FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, addressed Members of the European Parliament in Brussels from 25-26 January for the first time in his capacity as the Agency’s head. It was a valuable opportunity to engage directly with MEPs to hear about their fundamental rights concerns and for them to keep abreast about FRA’s recent and ongoing work.