How to strengthen Europe’s fundamental rights protection: FRA suggests ways forward

As EU ministers meet to discuss the future of the EU’s policies on freedom, security and justice, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) outlines practical suggestions in its Annual report about how to ensure people in the EU can have their rights better protected. It also maps out the fundamental rights challenges and achievements that took place over the course of 2013.

Fear, isolation and discrimination common in Europe’s LGBT community

The EU’s largest LGBT hate crime and discrimination online survey ever conducted shows that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people cannot be themselves in their daily lives. Many hide their identity and live in isolation or even fear. Others experience discrimination, and even violence, when being themselves.

Hate crime is a reality in the EU, two new FRA reports show

Hate crime is a daily reality throughout the European Union (EU), two new reports by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) confirm. Violence and offences motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, or by a person’s disability, sexual orientation or gender identity are all examples of hate crime, which harm not only those targeted but also strike at the heart of EU commitments to democracy and the fundamental rights of equality and non-discrimination.

93,000 people take part in FRA’s LGBT survey, making it the largest of its kind worldwide

Some 93,000 respondents participated in a FRA survey of the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on a daily basis, making it the biggest such study worldwide. The final survey results will be presented on the next International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, which takes place on 17 May 2013.

FRA presents opinion on property consequences of registered partnerships to the European Parliament

On 18 June, the FRA presented its opinion on the property consequences of registered partnerships to Members of the European Parliament in the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI).

First ever EU-wide results on multiple discrimination experienced by minorities

Today the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is publishing its findings on multiple discrimination at the European Union agencies exhibition "The way ahead", held at the European Parliament. The findings show that people belonging to 'visible' minorities, such as Roma and people of African origin, are more likely to suffer multiple discrimination – that is, being discriminated on more than one ground - than other minorities. Another relevant ground for discrimination that could increase the experience of multiple discrimination are socio-economic factors such as living with a low income.