The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has set up a Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. It is responsible for equality, discrimination (on any grounds), all forms of racism, xenophobia and the situation of minorities.
FRA gave a presentation to the European Group of National Human Rights Institutes (NHRIs) at the 26th Session of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
“A too great number of LGBT people across Europe are being barred from being themselves. Their ability to enjoy their basic human right of living with dignity, to enjoy life and express themselves freely without discrimination, is being denied.”
“Hate crimes speak to people who sympathise with the offender and whose biased attitudes the offender confirms and reinforces. They say ‘don’t think you’re wanted here, because you’re not. And don’t think you’re safe, because we’ve already shown you’re not – and it could happen again. Be scared’.”
On 6 May 2013, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum addressed the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) regarding the Agency’s achievements and the intention of the FRA Management Board to extend the Director’s mandate.