FRA provided input from its Compendium of good practices for tackling Hate Crime to a roundtable event on 1 July in Budapest on combating LGBTI hate cime. The event was organised by the UNI-FORM project that gathers participants from 10 EU Member States (Portugal, Spain, UK, Ireland, Malta, Belgium, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania).
On 9 June, FRA shared findings from its LGBTI work with Croatian Parliamentary Committees which were discussing the fundamental rights of transgender people in Croatia.
The Fundamental Rights Forum 2016 is fast approaching with only 10 days left until the event begins on 20 June in Vienna. Over the course of four days, participants will look from different perspectives at three burning issues: refugee protection, inclusion and the digital age.
Over one million people sought refuge in the EU in 2015, a fivefold increase from the year before. In its Fundamental Rights Report 2016, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) examines the scale and nature of the challenge and proposes measures to ensure fundamental rights are respected across the EU.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a conference on ‘The new challenges to counter homophobia’ in Rome on 20 May on the fundamental rights of LGBTI people.
On 18 May, FRA took part in a side meeting at the International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
Some people consider being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) as an illness or a disease. Such wrong and outdated views continues to permeate throughout society leading to discrimination and social stigma. This year’s International day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, on 17 May, uses the theme mental health and well-being to draw attention to the need to change the mindset of those, including healthcare professionals who still harbour such views.
The raw data from the first EU-wide survey of LGBT people’s experiences of discrimination in everyday life, including hate crime, is now available for use in the public domain. The dataset contains a wealth of information about the experiences and views of 93,000 LGBT people from all across the EU.
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.