On 21 April, FRA participated in a debate organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) on the promotion of openness and tolerance in Europe’s diverse societies as a means of increasing social cohesion and preventing radicalisation and violent extremism.
As up to 950 people are feared dead in the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea, FRA reiterates its call for a holistic, fundamental rights-oriented EU migration policy in order to save lives and combat the smugglers that seek to make financial gain out of the desperate situation of people in need of protection.
FRA and one member of the Advisory Panel of FRA’s Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) met with the President of the Council of Europe’s Conference of INGOs and the Chairman of the Conference’s Human Rights Committee on 25 March.
World Roma Day on 8 April is a day for celebrating the many ways that people of Roma origin enrich our diverse European societies. However, it is also a day when we should remember their persecution and discrimination in Europe through the centuries.
The EU Framework to promote, protect and monitor the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), of which FRA is a member, held a closed briefing with the CRPD Committee in Geneva on 2 April.