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The Agency took part in a meeting in Strasbourg on 2 June organised by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights on National Action Plans for Human Rights.
On 1 June, the Agency attended the launch of the first report by the Greek Ombudsman on the ‘Migration Situation and Refugee Protection’.
The World Bank has recently completed data collection in eight countries/territories in Southeast Europe to replicate the Agency’s survey on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (EU-LGBT survey).
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On 30 May, the Agency took part in a public discussion on Muslims in the media that looked at challenging narratives, strengthening partnerships and engaging communities.
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FRA will meet experts from the Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) on 9 June in Brussels.
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The Agency will address the opening session of the Council of Europe’s high-level seminar on the effective implementation of global and regional instruments related to business and human rights.
With the internet awash with online hatred, there is an urgent need to take a comprehensive, rights-based approach to stem the tide, urged FRA’s Director during discussions with EU Justice ministers. The working lunch debate focused on the code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online signed one year ago by the European Commission and IT companies.
The Director has been invited to contribute to the joint policy debate of the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) ministers on the protection of children in migration, taking place at the upcoming JHA Council on 8 June.
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The Agency will bring key findings of its latest report assessing asylum seekers’ and refugees’ access to education and training to discussions during a meeting of one of the Europe 2020 Working Groups on Education and Training.
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The Agency will join a round table discussion on severe exploitation of workers hosted by the European Committee of the Regions on 8 June in Brussels.
The Agency will open a workshop in Budapest on 8 June organised by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee on access to case materials.
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FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty warned of the shrinking space across Europe for human rights and their key proponents, civil society, during a keynote speech on 6 June in Oslo. His speech to the ‘Together for a strong civil society in Europe’ conference underlined the crucial role civil society plays in safeguarding and promoting fundamental rights despite the varied threats they face.
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This year the Annual Privacy Forum will take place in Vienna from 7 to 8 June where the focus will be on implementing the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
The Agency and the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Children’s Rights will hold a high level capacity-building training session on child rights at the European Parliament on 7 June.
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Michael O’Flaherty
There is no arguing anymore that it is a matter of straightforward international human rights law that the state must foster a thriving civil society. So first and foremost, we are calling for respect for the law.
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FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty will give the keynote speech at the ‘Together for a strong civil society in Europe’ conference organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 6 June in Oslo.
On 6 June, the Agency will present its work on children and justice during the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin.
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We've failed to convince the general public that human rights are important. These were the opening sentiments of the Agency’s Director to an expert meeting on communicating human rights.
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On 31 May, the European Parliament agreed to the draft EU Council decision on FRA’s Multiannual Framework for 2018-2022.
The Agency's Director explained the fundamental rights implications of interoperable border management and security information systems to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 29 May in Brussels.