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"This attack is an atrocity that cannot be justified in any way, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims,” said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum.“In the difficult days and weeks that will follow these heinous acts of violence, we must remain critically mindful of the importance of respect for dignity, for freedom of thought, conscience and religion and respect for non-discrimination that lie at the heart of European society."

FRA is currently chair of the Network of the EU’s agencies, which were set up to provide legal, technical and scientific expertise on specific subjects. FRA is mandated to provide evidence-based advice to EU and national decision makers on fundamental rights issues, thereby contributing to well-informed and targeted fundamental rights policy throughout the EU.