Professor Ingeborg Gabriel, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, also focusing on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of Other Religions, visited the Agency on 1 February.
The rising tide of intolerance spreading across Europe demonstrates the vulnerability of human rights and the need to be ever vigilant in their protection. On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) call for greater efforts to acknowledge and reflect on the horrors of the past and to stand up against all forms of xenophobia and intolerance.
From 13 to 14 December, the Agency took part in the 10th ‘Israel-European Union Bilateral Dialogue on Combating Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia’. It presented its work on combating antisemitism, hate crime and education about fundamental rights, citizenship and learning from the Holocaust.
In the latest annual overview of EU antisemitism data from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Agency points to the lack of progress on data collection. This continues to hinder efforts to combat antisemitism, as such data underpin targeted responses.
Tens of thousands of Jewish businesses and over 200 synagogues were destroyed and hundreds of people murdered or driven to death on Kristallnacht, 9-10 November 1938. The antisemitic pogrom that these events were a part of sowed the seeds of the Holocaust. Its anniversary reminds us that complacency is not an option, as antisemitism continues to haunt Europe today.
FRA addressed about 100 representatives of the Romanian police forces from 5 to 6 July during a capacity building workshop for Romanian police officers on how to implement the specific legislation on hate crime, Holocaust denial, antisemitism and other manifestations of xenophobia, discrimination or racism.
On 10 June in Rome, FRA took part in a panel debate during a conference on countering online extremism and terrorist recruitment, organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.