- Publication date:
- 10 December 2019
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This year’s focus explores the interrelationship between the human and fundamental rights framework and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the global Agenda 2030 in the context of Member States’ and the EU’s internal policies. It takes a closer look at the SDGs related to reducing inequality (SDG 10) and promoting peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16).
Civil society organisations in the European Union play a crucial role in promoting fundamental rights, but it has become harder for them to do so – due to both legal and practical restrictions. This report looks at the different types and patterns of challenges faced by civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU.
As a very modern human rights catalogue containing many rights not found in established bills of rights, the Charter indeed looks good on paper. Those familiar with the main principles of EU law can usually quickly recite that the Charter is always binding on the EU, and binding on Member States only when they are "implementing EU law". But what does this often-quoted language from Article 51 of the Charter actually mean?
FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty speaks about the role of civil society and the FRA’s mechanism for cooperation with civil society, the Fundamental Rights Platform. “A healthy civil society is vital for the protection and promotion of fundamental rights. (…) Without civil society, we are not able to achieve our goals, we are not able to deliver our results. (…) We can cooperate to ensure that our Europe of values remains and gets ever stronger.”
This video message by Ulrike Lunacek, Vice-President of the European Parliament, was recorded on the occasion of FRA's 10th anniversary.
In 2017 and beyond, the Fundamental Rights Agency will focus on today’s most urgent human rights quandaries, from migration and asylum, through xenophobia and discrimination, to the very contemporary challenges of privacy, surveillance and hate speech in the digital age.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first binding international human rights instrument to specifically address disability. Its aim is to "promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity".
This opinion addresses the designation and operation of a framework established under Article 33 (2) of the CRPD at EU level (EU Framework). It aims to clarify the requirements of an EU Framework in light of the monitoring practice and jurisprudence of the CRPD Committee and – with regard to the concept of independence –the Committee interpreting the Paris Principles on the establishment of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).
This leaflet explains how national parliaments, governments and courts can use the Charter and shows how the Charter was used at the national level in 2015.
A new Focus paper by the EU Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) outlines how Member States across the EU have reformed their laws and policies to meet their obligations under the CRPD. By bringing together examples of such reforms, it also highlights how the adoption of international commitments can drive wide-ranging processes of change at the national level.
The events that took place in France and Belgium in January 2015 had tremendous impact across the European Union (EU) and beyond. In the immediate aftermath of the events in Paris, FRA collected responses across Europe, focusing on Jewish and Muslim community organisations, political leaders, civil society and the media. The current paper provides an overview of this material and should be regarded as a snapshot of a rapidly changing situation.
National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) protect and promote human rights at the national level, tackling systemic problems and raising fundamental rights awareness. To equip NHRIs to perform their role well, they should have, among other qualities, independence, powers and a broad mandate, in accordance with the so-called ‘Paris Principles’ which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 and set forth the primary minimum standards for an effective NHRI.
Copenhagen Seminar Report Danish Presidency of the Council of the EU and EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (15–16 March 2012)
Fundamental rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to everyone in the EU. They are the same no matter where you’re from, what you believe or how you live.
The Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) is FRA’s channel for cooperation and information exchange with civil society organisations working on fundamental rights in the EU.
The Agency cooperates with the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and other international organisations. This cooperation forms part of FRA's Founding Regulation and includes expert consultations, conferences and seminars as well as data and information sharing. Cooperation creates synergies and optimises resources so duplication of work is avoided. It also helps ensure the different organisations’ work complements each other, so that recommendations and advice are more aligned.
The EU plays a pioneering role in the protection of personal data. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU enshrines the right to data protection as an autonomous fundamental right. Despite the underlying importance and centrality of the right to data protection in the EU, many deficiencies are present in the data protection system. This study on data protection identifies deficiencies in the EU Member States.
EU-MIDIS "Data in Focus" report 3 focuses on respondents' knowledge about their rights in the field of non-discrimination, including knowledge about Equality Bodies in Member States. This Data In Focus report on 'Rights Awareness and equality bodies' relates to Article 21, on 'non-discrimination', as enrshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Human rights are first and foremost to be addressed at the national level. National human rights institutions (NHRIs) play an important role in the human rights architecture at the national level. This report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), is intended to identify gaps and concerns in the fundamental rights architecture in the European Union.
In 2009, the FRA conducted the first EU-wide study of the role that European memorial sites, museums and exhibitions play with respect to educating young Europeans about the Holocaust and human rights. The findings of the study were presented at a Conference in Auschwitz on the 27 January bringing together Education Ministers from across Europe.
The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) conducted European-wide research in 2009 on the contribution of memorial sites to Holocaust education and human rights education in the European Union (EU). This summary report, derived from the main report 'Discover the past for the future. The role of historical sites and museums in Holocaust education and human rights education in the EU', provides selected findings, discussion points and recommendations.
Talk by Flavia Kleiner of Operation Libero to the Human Rights Communicators' Workshop held at FRA on 3-4 October 2019.
FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty gave the opening talk at the Human Rights Communicators' Workshop held at the Agency on 3-4 October 2019.
In the latest edition of his video blog, FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty focuses on the migration situation in the Mediterranean Sea and makes three proposals.
Fundamental Rights Report 2019: Ten years after the UN’s Disability Convention entered into force, 2018 saw it continue to drive advances in disability rights across the EU.
Fundamental Rights Report 2019: The Charter of Fundamental Rights is the EU’s bill of human rights. These rights and principles have to be respected and promoted by EU institutions and Member States whenever they act within EU law. Approaching the Charter’s 10th anniversary, Member States do not yet make full use of the potential it offers.
Fundamental Rights Report 2019: Implementing fundamental and human rights helps create a sustainable future. Here the EU plays a key role.
In the latest edition of his video blog, FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty focuses on press freedom and the importance of an independent media for the society.
This video blog by FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty is released periodically and will address burning fundamental rights themes.
FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty focuses on ways to push back against challenges to our human rights system.
In this third edition of his video blog FRA Director, Michael O'Flaherty, focuses on bolstering our human rights communications to underline why human rights matter to us all.
Civil society is under threat in too many places in Europe.
The year 2018 saw many significant anniversaries in the world of human rights. It was the year that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turned 70 and the European Convention on Human Rights 65.
Once again the agency teamed up with this human world for their International Human Rights Film Festival which ran from 29 November to 10 December in Vienna.
During the Academy of European Law’s annual conference on Countering Terrorism in the EU, the agency spoke about freedom of expression and privacy in counter-terrorism measures, particularly in relation to online content.
From 27 to 28 November in Brussels, the Agency took part in the 12th meeting of the EU Agency Network on Scientific Advice, ANSA.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held an expert meeting on measuring poverty and inequality from 29 to 30 November in Vienna.
Ten Ombuds institutions from the Balkans met on 19 November in Sofia to form a network to support international human rights and to reinforce the values of the EU.
On 16 November, the Agency started to work in a new configuration to better meet the challenges of delivering on its strategic priorities 2018-2022 while continuing to enhance its standing as the EU’s unique and independent centre of human rights excellence.
On 14 November, FRA’s Director, Michael O’Flaherty, held meetings in Geneva with a number of leading actors.
The Global Editors Network hosted their first of a series of unconferences on 6 November in Brussels.
On 17 October, the FRA Director gave a speech at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to mark the 10th anniversary of the agreement on cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Agency.
The Agency took part in the World Human Rights Cities Forum in Gwangju, South Korea from 18 to 20 October.
On 15 October, the Agency took part in an event organised by the German Antidiscrimination Office on making discrimination more visible in data collection.
An African Union delegation met with the European Union for the 14th human rights dialogue on 12 October in Brussels.
The 3rd Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency had its first meeting on 10-11 September in Vienna.
In the latest edition of his video blog, FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty focuses on ways to push back against challenges to our human rights system.
On 5 July, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty discussed with the Executive Director of Europol, Catherine de Bolle, enhanced cooperation between the two Agencies.
On 5 July, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty presented the work of the Agency in the field of migration to the Minister for Migration of the Netherlands, Mark Harbers.
On 5 July, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty travelled to The Hague for meetings at EU agencies and Dutch ministries.
From 1 July, Serbia will become an observer to the Agency’s work. This will allow the country to benefit from the Agency’s expertise and assistance.
This year marks the 25 anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action for Human Rights. This landmark text paved the way for significant human rights advances. It helped spearhead the creation of new laws and human rights institutions offering stronger protection worldwide. On this anniversary, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the UN’s Human Rights Office call on EU Member States to continue to stand up for the rights of everyone across Europe.
FRA supports the European Commission with ongoing consultations as part of the upcoming strategy on the application of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter.
FRA will join Europe Day events in Vienna and worldwide on 7 and 9 May 2020.
FRA will give a presentation on the agency's work to develop human rights indicators at a seminar in Helsinki.
FRA will join the Council of Europe’s steering committee for human rights (CDDH) meeting.
FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty will visit the Council of Europe on 4 March in Strasbourg.
FRA’s Director and a delegation of its Management Team will meet the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on 7 February in Geneva.
How can we strengthen citizen involvement in the EU’s cohesion funds?
The agency’s Scientific Committee will meet on 10 February at FRA.
The Advisory Panel of the FRA’s Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) will discuss the platform’s future development.
FRA's online international human rights tool, the European Union Fundamental Rights Information System, will be presented and discussed in Strasbourg from 16 to 17 January.
FRA will take part in the 9th meeting of its collaborative platform on social and economic rights.
FRA is the current chair of the EU Agencies Network on Scientific Advice (ANSA).
On 19 November the Annual Rule of law dialogue - as established by the Council and the Member States end of 2014 - takes place in a General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels.
On 14 November, a group of people of all ages and different backgrounds living in Vienna will visit FRA.
FRA will take part in a conference discussing various issues linked to security research.
FRA will take part in the meeting of the Subgroup on data and evidence of the European Commission’s interservice group on integration of non-EU nationals.
On 13 November, FRA’s Director will be part of a Citizens’ Dialogue at the European Commission’s representation in Luxembourg.
To celebrate 10 years since the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter became legally binding, FRA, the European Commission and the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU are hosting a conference in Brussels on 12 November.
FRA will speak to the European and International Affairs Committee of the Vienna City Council on 6 November about the relevance of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter for regional and local authorities, as well as about its cooperation with the City of Vienna.
FRA will speak at a joint meeting of the working group of the Council of the EU’s Working Parties on Fundamental Rights, Citizens Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP) and on Human rights (COHOM).