Council of Europe
|ECRI Report on Finland||09/07/2013||Roma||
References to FRA Roma housing report and EUMIDIS:
... "A study published by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency in 200921 shows that half of Roma interviewed had experienced differential treatment because of their ethnic origin while seeking housing. They were of the opinion that their ethnic origin was the reason they had had to wait so long for housing or that it was in a bad condition. They were also of the opinion that Roma faced problems in finding housing in the private sector even if they could afford to pay higher rents. Roma who were interviewed for the study had been on the waiting list for six years and when they finally received housing, the conditions and size of the apartment, or its proximity to public services were unsatisfactory." ...
... "The authorities informed ECRI that, on the basis of a study on Finland conducted by the Fundamental Rights Agency, the Legal Affairs Unit of the Ministry of the Interior has prepared a report on the discrimination suffered by Somalis in Finland. On the basis of the collected information, a three-year project to prevent discrimination of persons belonging to visible ethnic minorities and to reduce their underrepresentation in governmental occupations (AFRO project) has been launched." ...
References to FRA ROMA Pilot Survey:
..." ECRI notes that the 2012 report of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States found that in Portugal fewer than one out of 10 Roma is reported to have completed upper-secondary education. Furthermore, a 2009 study on the situation of Portuguese Roma revealed that 52.3% had no education at all, 36.9% were functionally illiterate and 9% were illiterate." ...
ECRI notes that the recent FRA/UNDP Survey on the situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States6 mentioned above found that in Portugal only about one out of 10 Roma aged 20 to 64 was in paid employment. Just over 50% of Roma respondents aged 16 and above looking for work in the past five years in Portugal said that they had experienced discrimination because of their Roma background.
In addition, ECRI notes that, according to Article 122 of Law No. 23/2007, attending preschool, primary school or secondary or professional education is a ground for the regularisation of the situation of minors born in Portugal. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ 2011 Comparative Report on Fundamental Rights of Migrants in an Irregular Situation in the European Union highlights the go-to-school programme (Programa vai à escola) launched by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), involving national immigration authorities and schools, designed to regularise migrant children who were born in Portugal and attend State schools but who do not reside legally in the country. Residence permits for both the children and their parents are granted or renewed directly at school, on the same day, avoiding bureaucracy. ECRI commends this programme which both promotes education for all immigrant children and regularises their and their parents’ legal status." ...
|Parliamentray Assembly / Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination - Tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orienta||17/05/2013||LGBT rights||
Recommendation 5.6 to the Committee of Ministers: ... ‘’ consider the feasibility of joint action with the FRA in order ensure the collection of comparable Council of Europe wide data and information on the situation of LGBTs’’.
References to FRA, including a table with the key findings (par 69).
... ‘’ I think it would be useful for the CoE to work hand in hand with the FRA and assess the feasibility of collecting data on the 19 CoE member states ….with the same methodology (…)’’. (par 70)
|CoE Commissioner of Human Rights - Human rights comment - Europe must combat racist extremism and uphold human rights||13/05/2013||Racism, xenophobia & related intolerance||
Reference to FRA Factsheet " Access to justice in cases of discrimination in the EU - Steps to further equality"
Access to justice in cases of discrimination
in the EU – Steps to further equality
|Commissioner for Human Rights - Press release: Human rights protection is under strain in Europe||25/04/2013||FRA mandate||
... "In May, the Commissioner visited the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in Vienna and held discussions with the Chairperson of the FRA Management Board, Ms Ilze Brands Kehris, and the Director of FRA, Mr Morten Kjaerum. The Commissioner informed the FRA representatives about his priorities while the FRA gave an overview of their on-going research activities. It was agreed that co-operation would be developed further in order to improve the effectiveness of the shared human rights agenda.
|CoE/ Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the protection of national minorities / Third opinion on Ireland||19/04/2013||Racism, xenophobia & related intolerance||
adopted on 10 October 2012, publ. 19 April 2013, page 17: ..." 77. The Advisory Committee further notes that according to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Ireland has a good system for registering racist criminal offences." ...
|CoE / PACE report on Ending discrimination against Roma children||04/04/2013||Roma||
several references to the findings of FRA Roma survey
|ECRI Report on Ireland (fourth monitoring cycle)||19/02/2013||Racism, xenophobia & related intolerance||
... "According to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Ireland has a good system for registering racist criminal offences;6 a fact which was already acknowledged in ECRI’s third report. According to the official statistics, 128 racist incidents were reported in 2009 and 122 were reported in 2010.7 These statistics further indicate that the most common types of racist incidents are minor assault, public order offences and criminal damage. Since 2008, 45 cases have been brought under the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989.8
22. FRA analysed in 2009 the experiences of discrimination in the everyday life of immigrant and ethnic minority groups in all EU member States. For Ireland, a sample of Sub-Saharan Africans was surveyed.9 ECRI notes that 26% of the respondents considered that, in the previous 12 months, they had fallen victim to racially motivated crime of the following type: serious harassment, threat or assault. Such a high estimate leads ECRI to consider that the official statistics do not reflect correctly the reality of the number of racially motivated offences in Ireland.
ECRI notes that the high level of discrimination at workplace was also found in a recent MIDIS study conducted by FRA. Sub-Saharan Africans are among the top ten groups in EU member States experiencing the highest levels of discrimination at work. Half of the respondents claimed to have been discriminated against in general, and one in four when at work (26%).20 These findings are consistent with the survey published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in July 2011 showing that 27% of people surveyed experienced discrimination in the workplace.21" ...
|Report by by Nils Muižnieks Commissioner on Human Rights Following his visit to Finland from 11 to 13 June 2012||25/09/2012||Discrimination||
2. Non-discrimination and reform of equal treatment legislation
"57. .... The 2009 EU-MIDIS Survey carried out by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) pointed out that 27% of Russians in Finland felt discriminated against in the past 12 months, the highest score of the countries surveyed (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). 27% of the incidents were reported to the authorities. Work-related discrimination was the most common type of incident. 12% of Russian-speakers reported that they had been victims of racially-motivated crime and 2% perceived that they had been victims of racial profiling by the police. According to police statistics, 38 persons born in Russia had been victims of suspected racist crime in Finland in 2010 (4% of all cases)." ...
|ECRI report on Sweden adopted on 19 June 2012, published on 25 September 2012||25/09/2012||Discrimination||
42. European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Antisemitism: Summary overview of the situation in the European Union 2001-2010: Working Paper, Vienna, April 2011
|Committee of Ministers - 1144 DH Meeting (4-6 June 2012) - volume de décisions et mémorandum arrêt M.S.S.||29/05/2012||Asylum, immigration & integration of migrants||
II. Greece: assessment of the action plan
..."25. The Committee of Ministers could also welcome the efforts aimed at improving detention conditions in the Evros region (Footnote 16 - In that respect, it could be borne in mind that the situation in Evros was characterised as "a humanitarian crisis, see European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, "Coping with a fundamental rights emergency. The situation of persons crossing the Greek land border in a irregular manner", Thematic situation report, March 2011.)"...