FRA Newsletter - December 2011

08/12/2011 - December 2011
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10 December: International Human Rights Day

25 January: FRA Launches Racial Equality Directive Report

Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 (21-22 November)

4th annual Fundamental Rights Conference On 21-22 November, the FRA held its annual Fundamental Rights Conference ‘Dignity and rights of irregular migrants’ in Warsaw. The event was organised in cooperation with the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) and drew participation from around 300 policy makers and practitioners from across the EU. The summary conclusions underline the importance of applying a fundamental rights approach in migration management and offered a number of practical suggestions to facilitate access to justice, respect the right to education and health, preserve the best interests of the child, combat labour exploitation, reduce the use of immigration detention, and end situations of legal limbo for persons who are not removed. Read here the summary conclusions by the FRA.

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Photo Gallery on Fundamental Rights Conference 2011

Photo Gallery on Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 Photos from the 4th Fundamental Rights Conference, entitled 'Dignity and rights of irregular migrants', 21-22 November, Warsaw.

Access denied: Irregular migrants excluded from basic rights and services in Europe (21 November)

Access denied: Irregular migrants excluded from basic rights and services in Europe Exploitation in the workplace, lack of access to basic services and barriers to accessing justice are some of the challenges facing irregular migrants highlighted by a new report of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Entitled 'Fundamental rights of migrants in an irregular situation in the European Union' the report was launched at the 2011 Fundamental Rights Conference.

"Promoting equality means capturing diversity" (16 November)

Promoting equality means capturing diversity On 16th November FRA Director Morten Kjaerum addressed participants of the 5th European Equality Summit on the subject of "Effective equality policies at the local level". The Summit, which was jointly organised by the Polish Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission, concentrated on promoting equality at the local and regional level.

The economic crisis threatens participation and inclusion of people with disabilities (2 December)

The economic crisis threatens participation and inclusion of people with disabilities This year's European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference, on 1-2 December in Brussels, specifically focused on the effects of the crisis on people with disabilities. It brought together organisations representing people with disabilities and relevant stakeholders to identify best practice solutions to offset the effects of the economic crisis on people with disabilities.

Call for applications to Croatian civil society (22 November)

As the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) is open to the participation of EU candidate countries as observers, the Fundamental Rights Agency is inviting non-governmental organisations and other institutions of civil society, active in the field of fundamental rights at national, European and international level based in Croatia to become observers to the FRP.

Protect children’s rights during economic crisis for the benefit of Europe today and tomorrow (21 November)

Three years on and the economic and financial crisis shows no sign of abating. Vulnerable groups are most at risk. To mark the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, the FRA wishes to reaffirm its commitment to securing the fundamental rights of children, many seriously affected by public service cuts in education, health and social services.

Latest speeches

Dignity and Rights of irregular migrants - Speech at the 4th Fundamental Rights Conference
Warsaw, 21 November

Equality Summit: Promoting Equality at the Local and Regional level
Warsaw, 14 November

How Europe treats its biggest minority - the fundamental rights situation of Sinti and Roma in Europe
Berlin, 10 November

Latest video
Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Trailer

Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Trailer

Latest FRA publications
FRA promotional postcard

FRA promotional postcard
November 2011

Factsheet: Gender-based violence against women – an EU-wide survey

Factsheet: Gender-based violence against women – an EU-wide survey
October 2011

The legal protection of persons with mental health problems under non-discrimination law

The legal protection of persons with mental health problems under non-discrimination law
October 2011

Human rights education at Holocaust memorial sites across the European Union: An overview of practices

Human rights education at Holocaust memorial sites across the European Union: An overview of practices
October 2011

Migrants in an irregular situation: access to healthcare in 10 European Union Member States

Migrants in an irregular situation: access to healthcare in 10 European Union Member States
October 2011

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