Support for human rights systems and defenders

Many organisations work to defend your rights. We help their efforts with independent evidence, advice and expertise.

We support their frontline work. And we shine a light on potential risks and priority areas. Together we make your rights a reality.


  • Report / Paper / Summary
    Civil society is a key component of Europe’s fundamental rights architecture. From supporting people affected by the pandemic to helping those fleeing the war in Ukraine, civil society plays a crucial role in upholding people’s rights. In so doing, it contributes to a healthy rule of law culture. FRA’s civic space report provides an overview of the many ways in which civil society contributes to the checks and balances that underpin the rule of law.
  • Handbook / Guide / Manual
    Speaking up for human rights has never been more important! But how can we best do it? How do we bring people together and cut through the noise?
  • Report / Paper / Summary
    This report proposes a framework for becoming, and functioning as, a ‘human rights city’ in the EU. It includes ‘foundations’, ‘structures’ and ‘tools’ for mayors, local administrations and grassroots organisations to reinforce fundamental rights locally. It is based on existing good practice and expert input by representatives of human rights cities in the EU, academic experts, international organisations and city networks.
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    The European Union Fundamental Rights Information System EFRIS is a Human Rights Gateway, bringing together data and information from existing human rights databases, and enables viewing and analysis of relevant assessments of fundamental rights in the EU.
On 8 May, FRA gave a workshop on the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter for European Parliament staff.
On 8 May, the FRA Director, FRA staff, Equinet and ENNHRI met to coordinate respective work plans and activities to optimise their impact when communicating about fundamental rights.
On 3 May, the FRA Director gave the keynote speech at the event ‘Media for democracy, journalism and elections in times of disinformation’ in Geneva.
The agency joined the European Business Summit, on 6–7 May in Brussels.
From 7 to 8 May, representatives from intergovernmental organisations and EU institutions responsible for cooperation with civil society and for supporting human rights defenders in Europe and Central Asia met in Warsaw.
In London on 25 April, the agency took part in a meeting of the SERISS board of strategic advice.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of people with disabilities requested input to a study on the rights of older people with disabilities.
A delegation of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe’s Department of the European Social Charter visited the agency to meet with FRA experts on 11 April in Vienna.
The agency presented its Opinion on the challenges and opportunities for implementing the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter to the Council Working Group dealing with fundamental rights (FREMP).
The agency gave a presentation at Equinet (the European Network for Equality Bodies) Working Group on Policy Formation on 26 March in Brussels.
The agency took part in the Forum of EU Delegation Focal Points for Human Rights, Democracy and Civil Society in Brussels from 26 to 27 March.
The agency’s most recent submissions to United Nations’ human rights mechanisms were made on 21 March.
The EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights is one’s the world’s most modern and comprehensive legally–binding human rights documents. Many EU Member States do not yet make full use of its potential.
The agency has developed and refined the methodology on hard-to-reach populations in its EU wide survey on minorities and discrimination (EU-MIDIS II).
The agency responded to a call for input to a UN Secretary-General report on strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system.
The agency discussed ethnic and migrant minority definitions and its implications during a policy dialogue conference on 8 March 2019 in Palermo.
The agency has for several years submitted extracts from its published materials to the United Nations Human Rights Office in relation to the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council, the Treaty Bodies, and Special Procedures when EU Member States are being reviewed.
On 27 February in Brussels, the agency gave a presentation to the EU Council’s Working Party on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has invited the agency to join its consultation on the specific challenges women human rights defenders face online.
In response to a request of the European Parliament of 6 February 2019, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has issued an Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online and its fundamental rights implications.
FRA is the current chair of the EU Agencies Network on Scientific Advice (ANSA).
FRA will take part in a conference discussing various issues linked to security research.
On 14 November, a group of people of all ages and different backgrounds living in Vienna will visit FRA.
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.
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).
The FRA Director will take part in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) meeting in Luxembourg on 24 October.
On 24 October in Stockholm, Heads of EU Agencies will come together to discuss issues of common interest.
FRA will host the annual meeting of the European Coordination Committee of Human Rights Documentation.
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regularly invites regional offices responsible for promoting and protecting human rights to consultations on how to coordinate their work better.
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.
On 24 October, FRA will present the key findings of the Fundamental Rights Report 2019 in the field of non-discrimination racism, xenophobia and related intolerances in a workshop which will take place in Rome.
On 18 October, a delegation led by the Deputy Ombudsman, Maija Sakslin of the office of the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman of Finland and the Human Rights Centre, Sirpa Rautio, will visit FRA.
On 16 October in Vienna, the FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, will deliver the opening speech at an event on ‘Democracy, human rights and the rule of law: how best to protect and promote the founding values of the EU’.
FRA will join a conference on ‘Protecting Civic Space in the European Union’, which is being organised by the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe (OHRHC).
The agency’s National Liaison Officers (NLOs) will meet in Vienna from 14 to 15 October to discuss FRA’s cooperation with EU Member States.
A delegation of FRA’s Management team will meet the Council of Europe on 10 and 11 October in Strasbourg to discuss how to further strengthen cooperation.
The Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU has invited FRA’s Director to address the EU Council’s Working Party on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Brussels on 9 October.
The Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU has invited FRA’s Director to address EU Justice Ministers during the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 7 October.