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Michael O'Flaherty
Many different actors are currently working on strategies, recommendations and guidelines on Artificial Intelligence but as we proceed to navigate this field I would emphasise the extraordinary importance of working together. Within the normative frame of human rights, we have to bring together different stakeholders and different expertise to get it right. Artificial intelligence can serve as a game-changing tool in the combat of corrosive hate speech. Let’s not miss, or worse abuse, this invaluable opportunity. ** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY **
Speech
Michael O'Flaherty
Speech by the FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty to the European Parliament's LIBE Committee, 20 November 2018, as part of the European Parliament’s Human Rights Week marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Michael O'Flaherty focuses on the situation of the Jewish community living in the EU.
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Michael O'Flaherty
Michael O’Flaherty, FRA Director, opening remarks ahead of the presentation of the findings of the agency's second antisemitism survey at a joint European Commission and Austrian EU Presidency event in Brussels on 10 December 2018.
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Antisemitic hate speech, harassment and fear of being recognised as Jewish; these are some of the realities of being Jewish in the EU today. It appears to be getting worse, finds a major repeat survey of Jews from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, the largest ever of its kind worldwide.
Press Release
Choosing where to live, with whom, and what to eat, when, are some of the realities of independent living that most of us take for granted. But for people with disabilities theory and practice can be worlds apart, finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ latest report. It explores what enables and what hinders the drive towards independent community living for people with disabilities.
FRA's latest report explores what enables and what hinders the drive towards independent community living for people with disabilities.
The EU and all its Member States are legally bound to the UN’s Disability Convention. They have a duty to ensure people with disabilities can live independently in the community rather than in institutions.
Black people in the EU face unacceptable difficulties in getting a decent job because of their skin colour. Racist harassment also remains all too common.
Black people in the EU face unacceptable difficulties in simply finding somewhere to live because of their skin colour.
Black people in the EU face unacceptable difficulties in simply finding somewhere to live or getting a decent job because of their skin colour, according to findings from a major repeat survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Racist harassment also remains all too common.
Michael O'Flaherty talks about empowering people with disabilities to be full and independent members of the community.
Press Release
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to local inclusion but four key elements can boost the chances of success, finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ latest report.
Speech
Michael O'Flaherty
Michael O’Flaherty, FRA Director, speaks to European Affairs Ministers about trust in public institutions during the General Affairs Council's annual rule of law dialogue in Brussels on 12 November 2018.
Michael O’Flaherty
Today we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agreement between the EU and Council of Europe on cooperation of the Council of Europe and our Agency. 10 years on from the Agreement, our collaboration has become a fixture in Europe’s human rights landscape. I am grateful to the Council of Europe for its support, and look forward to continuing our work together to ensure that the rights of everyone in the EU and in Europe are defended and respected. ** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY **
This video blog by FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty is released periodically and will address burning fundamental rights themes.
Almost 25 million children in the EU live in low income households where living conditions are unacceptable and hunger is common. Inadequate education and healthcare threaten their fundamental rights and deprive them of opportunities to escape the poverty cycle, finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in its latest report.
Michael O’Flaherty
In our politics, there has been a normalisation of the unacceptable in terms of word and deed. That includes racist and xenophobic words and deeds, which are now as pervasive as they are corrosive to democratic life in the European Union and around the world. Our Agency’s data show worsening conditions across all major areas of our work. ** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY **
Speech
Michael O’Flaherty
The FRA Director delivered a speech to justice ministers from across the EU during the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 11 October in Luxembourg. His speech focused on some of the key challenges for the human rights system in the EU and pointed to possible ways of safeguarding fundamental rights for everybody in the EU. ** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY **