The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights continues to point to the problems of limited data in its latest annual overview of antisemitism data from across the EU, as it remembers the wave of violent anti-Jewish events of 'Kristallnacht' on 9 November 1938. Without such data, efforts to combat antisemitism will remain general and untargeted.
The FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, outlined the difficulties in today’s media landscape when opening the General Affairs Council’s annual rule of law dialogue on 17 October in Luxembourg. Addressing Ministers and State Secretaries responsible for EU affairs he suggested five initiatives he felt could help strengthen media pluralism in the digital age.
The Agency introduced and gave an overview on hate crime at an online seminar organised by the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).
On 5-6 September, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights held a consultation meeting in Geneva with selected national statistical institutes, national human rights institutions and international organisations to discuss the methodological details of collecting data for some of the Sustainable Development Goal indicators.
The Agency gave a presentation on hate crime and victims’ rights to a group of high ranking police officers and police trainers from EU Member States on 8 June in Slovenia.
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.
FRA presented its work during a meeting on 24 May in Stockholm on confronting emerging realities resulting from migration, displacement and violent extremism.
The Agency gave a presentation to six OSCE missions in the South East Europe region as well as OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on 11 May on measuring and improving the collection of hate crime data.
Experts gathered at the Agency on 26 April to discuss a draft paper on tackling hate crime.
The Maltese Presidency of the EU Council held a conference in La Valletta on 7 April to discuss how to effectively deliver positive narratives to counter hate speech online.