Anastasia Crickley is president of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the treaty body which monitors implementation of the ICERD. She was the first chairperson of the Fundamental Rights Agency and a chair of its predecessor, the European Monitoring Centre on Racism. She was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the protection of National Minorities and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in-office on discrimination. She has been involved all her life in supporting and leading civil society efforts for a more just and equal world where human rights are upheld, and particularly the rights of women. She was a founder member of the European Network against Racism, has been active in supporting Traveller and Roma rights in Ireland, and elsewhere, and is chairperson of Pavee Point National Traveller and Roma Centre Ireland. Building on previous work with Irish emigrants she is a founder of the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland and of Global Migration Policy Associates. She is also the current chair of Community Work Ireland, the national association for promoting community development, and Vice-President of the International Association for Community Development. She believes that the Forum provides a key opportunity to articulate, discuss and get support for the fundamental rights. Without such support, creating a Europe where the human rights of all are acknowledged and realised, will not be possible. Never has this commitment been more important. As those who seek to deny rights get publicity our voices must be heard and our determination to deal with the complexities of creating an equal Europe and world must find practical steps in that direction.