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.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on 27 January, is a chance to honour the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and to remind us of the persistent problem of antisemitism. This year FRA will join senior politicians, diplomats, global figures and experts from around the world to discuss how to deal more effectively with antisemitism, racism and xenophobia in Europe as they mark 70 years to the day on which the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.
The terrorists killed 17 people, they attacked the free press and basic human rights. They increased fear in the Jewish and their own Muslim community and injected anxiety into the general population. In light of this attack the continued collaboration between FRA, the Council of Europe and other human rights actors is particularly important.”
Following the attacks on the editorial offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent hostage crises in Paris, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, on behalf of the Network of European Union Agencies, expresses its horror at the crime and its sympathy with all those close to the victims.
FRA and the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted the first meeting of the Hate Crime Working Party in Rome with participants from 25 Member States, as well as the European Commission and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.