FRA Director Morten Kjaerum participated in a conference to celebrate the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
The erosion of fundamental rights protection due to the economic crisis, challenges to the rule of law in some Member States and the revelations of mass surveillance programmes have all challenged trust in democratic institutions. To mark today’s International Day of Democracy, FRA points to the role better fundamental rights protection can play in rebuilding trust in democratic processes and bodies.
FRA’s report on violence against women, which surveyed 42,000 women throughout the EU Member States about their experiences of gender-based violence, will form the basis of a number of key presentations in the coming weeks and months.
Human rights and respect for human dignity remain values that matter most to European citizens, and work to improve fundamental rights safeguards must therefore continue, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum told a joint debate on fundamental rights at the European Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 4 September.