Political leaders have central role to play in countering racism and hate crime, say heads of European human rights institutions on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
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The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will lead the Europe-wide network of EU Agencies in 2014, the year in which the EU landscape is changing. With the European Parliament elections in May and a new European Commission in the autumn, EU Agencies remain well placed to showcase the EU’s added value.
Best of the launch conference 'Violence against women across the EU: Abuse at home, work, in public and online'.
FRA's survey on violence against women reveals for the first time the extent to which women are abused at home, at work, in public and online.
A new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presents results from the world’s biggest-ever survey on violence against women, revealing the extent of abuse suffered by women at home, work, in public and online. As well as demonstrating the wide prevalence of violence against adult women, the report also details incidents of physical and sexual violence experienced by women in childhood.
Widespread violence against women in EU: At home, work, in public, online.
Two-thirds of female victims of physical and/or sexual violence did not contact the police or any other service following the most serious incident of violence they had experienced, a survey from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) can reveal. The scale of the problem therefore often remains invisible in official figures, highlighting the need to improve awareness of the issue.
People across the EU have become victims of data protection violations brought on by the widespread use of information and communication technologies by public and private bodies. Web-based activities, direct marketing, and video surveillance account for most data protection violations.
Racism, discrimination, extremism and intolerance currently pose a great challenge for the European Union. In a new report, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights examines the responses of two Member States, taking these countries as case studies to demonstrate the need for more targeted and effective measures to combat these phenomena throughout the EU. The report ends by proposing a number of steps to improve the situation.
Four victims of hate crime speak about their experiences.
Video message from MEP Livia Jaroka to the Fundamental Rights Conference 2013
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The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) holds its annual high level Fundamental Rights Conference in Vilnius on 12-13 November. This year’s conference focuses on ‘Combating hate crime in the EU’ and is being hosted in cooperation with the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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FRA is today presenting the first comparable figures on Jewish people’s experiences of antisemitic harassment, discrimination and hate crime in the EU. On 8 November, the eve of the anniversary of the anti-Jewish pogroms that took place 75 years ago, it needs to be acknowledged that while Member States have made sustained efforts to combat antisemitism, the phenomenon is still widespread.

Message by the President of the European Parliament.
Video message by the FRA Director.
Video message by the President of the European Council.
The recent tragedy off Italy in which at least 92 people have died after a boat carrying African migrants sank, underscores why all possible efforts should be made to reduce the need for people to take such dangerous journeys, given the high risks of sea crossings.
On 4 August, 102 people, including four pregnant women, one injured woman as well as a five-month old baby were rescued by a tanker, the M/V SALAMIS, in the Libyan search and rescue area.
Combating hate crime in the EU - Giving victims a face and a voice