The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, shared with FRA staff his concerns for human rights during his visit to FRA in Vienna on 29 April. He stressed the importance of FRA’s work, speaking of how there is an urgent need to ensure respect for human rights in these challenging times.
The meeting was an opportunity for the High Commissioner to exchange views with FRA staff about specific areas of the agency’s work of relevance to human rights internationally. Here FRA focused on four key areas:
The High Commissioner spoke of the quality of FRA’s work and his concern that often good work and telling findings do not resonate sufficiently with the policy makers that can make a difference. He also warned against the rise of populist movements targeting migrants. Once one vulnerable group is targeted, others will follow, and if we are not vigilant we may ask ourselves in years to come, how we did get to this tribalised situation?
The FRA Director reassured the High Commissioner that FRA would continue to be a strong partner for his Office, joining its efforts to promote and protect human rights in Europe and beyond.