Many Roma continue to face discrimination and social exclusion across the EU, according to a new report published jointly by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 23 May 2012.
The report: ‘The situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States: Survey results at a glance’ draws on surveys into the socio-economic situation of Roma and non-Roma living nearby in 11 EU Member States and in neighbouring European countries. For more information, see the report and factsheet.
Discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities and people with mental health problems persists despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the EU and 20 Member States. Two new FRA reports capture the experiences of exclusion and discrimination of people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems. The reports highlight the need to move from institutional to community-based living arrangements and to reformulate laws and policies to make them more inclusive.
The new Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, visited the FRA today to present his priorities after taking office less than two months ago. "Over the years, the Council of Europe and the FRA have worked closely together building on our respective strengths to enhance human rights across Europe," said FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum.
As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people continue to face serious challenges in fully enjoying their fundamental rights, the FRA calls for robust data to better understand and address the extent of discrimination and hate crime across the European Union. "Discrimination is often still a fact of life for many LGBT people, even though it is unlawful in EU Member States," said Morten Kjaerum, on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May.
The first findings of the recent survey on the situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States (which was launched on 23 May) were presented to members of the European Parliament on 31 May. The presentation was given to the European Parliament's Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) by the FRA, together with UN Development Programme and World Bank experts, in cooperation with the European Commission.
At this year's annual seminar of the Council of Europe's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance which the FRA regularly attends, the agency delivered a keynote speech on the expansion of specialised bodies. The speech was delivered in the overall context of this year's topic, namely the challenges and trends for anti-discrimination bodies in Europe.