There must be zero tolerance for hate speech, which is increasingly present on the internet and in political discourse, FRA Communication and Outreach Department Head Friso Roscam Abbing said at a hearing of the European Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to discuss antisemitism, Islamophobia and hate speech on 29 June.
FRA took part in a hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 30 March on means of better safeguarding the rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU.
On 30 March, FRA, together with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will host the second meeting of the Working Party on combating hate crime, with the participation of representatives from 24 EU Member States. Members of the European Commission, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance will also take part.
On 3-4 March in Brussels, 85 representatives of civil society, governments, law enforcement, national prosecution offices and international organisations from 19 European countries convened in Brussels for the two-day European Conference on a victim-centred approach to tackling hate crimes.
Outgoing FRA Director Morten Kjaerum spoke to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). He began by talking about the Agency’s achievements since its establishment in 2007, focusing particularly on FRA’s large-scale surveys and its legal Opinions on EU legislation
In a drive to work more closely together on pressing fundamental rights challenges, the Council of Europe, the European Network of Equality Bodies, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions and FRA have established four thematic cooperation platforms in 2014.