On 18 November, FRA took part in an expert meeting at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to discuss draft recommended principles and guidelines concerning human rights at international borders.
On 14 November, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), together with the French MEP Nathalie Griesbeck, organised a public hearing at the European Parliament on undocumented children entitled “A child is a child: Defining the EU’s role in protecting the rights of undocumented migrant children”.
“Violence against women is a recurrent fundamental rights abuse that urgently needs to be addressed,” said FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. “Reliable data on the extent, nature and impact of violence against women across the EU are clearly needed. The results of our forthcoming EU-wide survey should provide a solid base for appropriate solutions to effectively combat the violence that too many women currently face.”
Many children across the EU continue to suffer from poverty, discrimination or violence, despite EU and national efforts. As EU bodies prepare for a new Commission and Parliamentary elections, FRA reminds future EU policy makers of the need for child rights to remain on their political agendas.
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.
On 5 November 2013, the FRA Director spoke to Members of the European Parliament about the fundamental rights situation in the EU. He focused on FRA’s hate crime work, drawing on the findings from its recent antisemitism and LGBT surveys. He stressed that hate crime can serve as an early indicator of society’s failure to respect fundamental rights values.