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The erosion of fundamental rights in such areas as asylum and migration, child rights, racism and data protection was a cause of concern in 2015, said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty while presenting the Agency’s Fundamental Rights Report at the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 30 May.
Over one million people sought refuge in the EU in 2015, a fivefold increase from the year before. In its Fundamental Rights Report 2016, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) examines the scale and nature of the challenge and proposes measures to ensure fundamental rights are respected across the EU.
On 24 May, FRA attended the European Day for Border Guards 2016, the main event in Europe for border guards, organised by Frontex every year.
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FRA will be one of panellists in a debate during the European Commission’s conference on European citizenship in challenging times.
FRA will present key findings from the latest FRA reports during a launch event of the European Social Network (ESN) report on children’s services to be launched at the European Parliament on 31 May in Brussels.
On 31 May in Vienna, FRA’s Director will meet the Under-Secretary-General of the UN, Mr Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV).
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TheIrishTimes: While much of the agency’s role is to highlight the human rights dimension of various pieces of EU legislation, one of O’Flaherty’s main aims is to increase awareness of the EU’s Charter for Fundamental Rights. The charter, which underpins EU law, applies to all EU institutions as well as member states when they are acting in an area of EU competency.
The EU includes the Spanish protocol on hate crimes in their compendium of good practices
La agencia europea Derechos Fundamentales (FRA) pasa así de colocar a España de los últimos a los primeros puestos en la lucha contra esas infracciones.
nrc.nl: Michael O’Flaherty, directeur EU-bureau voor grondrechten Er wordt te weinig aangifte gedaan én er is onvoldoende aandacht bij de rechter voor hatecrime – misdrijven die worden gepleegd vanuit een vooroordeel, zo zegt de expert.