Severe labour exploitation of migrant workers is a reality, now, in Europe and in the twenty-first century. The extreme form this can take was tragically demonstrated this week, when migrant strawberry pickers in Greece were shot at by their employers for simply asking to be paid.
FRA took part in panel discussion on asylum together with the UNHCR, a German MP and the Director of Pro Asyl during an event organised by the German Institute for Human Rights and by Forum Menschenrechte to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration on human rights.
FRA Director Morten Kjaerum held a speech on the occasion of International Roma Day on 8 April at a conference entitled 'Realising Roma rights: addressing violence, discrimination and segregation in Europe' at Harvard University.
A delegation from the German Parliament’s Petitions Committee - Gero Storjohann, Stefanie Vogelsang, Dr. Peter Röhlinger, Manfred Todtenhausen, and Sabine Ursula Stüber - visited the FRA at its premises in Vienna on 8 April 2013.
On 20 March, FRA took part in a meeting of the Council of Europe's Steering Committee on Human Rights (CDDH) which discussed the implementation of Council’s recommendation on fundamental rights of LGBT people.