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On 19 July, FRA will present its work on the rights of the child to the Working Party in the Council of the European Union dealing with fundamental rights (FREMP).
On 8 July, the FRA Director, Michael O'Flaherty, participated in the informal meeting of the Council’s Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security.
The FRA Director will attend the first informal meeting on 16 July of justice ministers under the new Slovenian Presidency.
A new joint EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and Council of Europe note outlines the human rights standards that apply at European borders.
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The FRA Director will attend the informal meeting of the Council’s Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) on 8 July.
Significant barriers to reporting hate crime across the EU hinder victims’ access to protection and justice, finds a new report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Many victims do not report attacks, as it is too difficult or they do not trust the police. FRA calls on EU countries to encourage hate crime reporting, improve its recording and ensure victims can get support, protection and justice.
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FRA, the French Equality body (Défenseur des droits) and the French NHRI (Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme - CNCDH), will hold a round-table discussion to jointly launch the results of FRA’s Roma and Traveller Survey in France.
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On 7 July, FRA will launch a new report on encouraging hate crime reporting during the EU high-level group on racism. The group serves as a platform to support EU and national efforts to prevent and combat hate crime and hate speech.
On 23 February 2021, FRA’s Director, Michael O’Flaherty, listened to fundamental rights concerns and discussed ways to solve them. The second Fundamental Rights Dialogue invited young people to participate in shaping our societies, placing human rights centre stage.
Drawing on the ‘Encouraging hate crime reporting: the role of law enforcement and other authorities' report, in this infographic FRA outlines why reporting is so important and what must change to encourage hate crime reporting.
On 23 June, FRA jointly with the Spanish Maritime Rescue Agency delivered an awareness raising session on Search and Rescue at sea for staff from the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA).
FRA’s Director Michael O’Flaherty will meet Matteo Mecacci, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, in Vienna on 5 July. They will discuss how to further strengthen cooperation between FRA and ODIHR and exchange views on respective current and future priorities.
FRA presented its EU LGBTI Survey results during a National Pride event in Finland on 30 June. The Finnish Ministry of Justice, Department for Democracy and Public Law, Autonomy and Equality organised the event.
FRA contributed to the annual training event on EU border management. The European Law Academy (ERA) and the European Coast and Border Guard Agency (Frontex) organised the event. FRA was part of a session on fundamental rights shared with the new Frontex Fundamental Rights Officer.
FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty and the Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić agreed and exchanged letters on further developing cooperation for the European Union Fundamental Rights Information System (EFRIS). EFRIS brings together data about the acceptance of human rights treaties as well as assessment by monitoring mechanisms.
FRA will join an online panel discussion on 1 July on good practices for a child-friendly court. The panel aims to discuss good models of multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches in criminal proceedings that can support child participation, protect their best interests, and improve the quality of professional interventions through individual assessments.
On 30 June, FRA will present key findings from its Fundamental Rights Report 2021 during a workshop organized by the European Policy Institute in North Macedonia, the agency’s research contractor in the country. North Macedonia’s Minister of Justice, its observers to FRA’s Management Board and National Liaison Officer will join the event.
On 30 June, FRA will hold a webinar on interviewing techniques for child victims of trafficking. CEPOL, the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training, runs the webinar. Law enforcement officers and police psychologists who are confronted with child victims in their daily work will take part.
Michael O’Flaherty, FRA Director
Opening speech by FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty of the annual Human Rights Communicators Network meeting on 28 June 2021. The meeting address how to tackle disinformation and communicating human rights in the digital age.
Michael O'Flaherty
FRA Director address a Peer Learning Activity under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU on 22 June 2021 on a rights-based approach to youth policies.