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European Day of Persons with Disabilities is a time to remind ourselves of the urgent need to live up to our commitments to achieve equality for all. This is especially pressing since the European Disability Strategy will end in 2020.
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FRA will present the situation of human rights defenders in the EU during the EU NGO Forum in Brussels from 3 to 4 December.
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EU Justice Ministers will meet on 3 December in Brussels.
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FRA will contribute to a UN’s Human Rights Council debate in Geneva on 3 December.
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FRA will take part in the meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in Luxembourg on 3 December
Ensuring access to effective remedy is an important part of global efforts to encourage business conduct that respects human rights. A new Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) paper looks at examples of business-related human rights abuse and identifies key factors facilitating access to remedy. A comparative report will follow in 2020, which will identify obstacles for victims seeking justice and put forward proposals to overcome them.
FRA will chair a panel discussion on access to remedies in practice that will look at what are the critical barriers and next steps to protecting migrants workers.
The FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, will speak during the plenary meeting of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the EU (COSAC) in Helsinki on 2 December.
Improve law and policies by always checking the applicability of the Charter!
Cities as well as local and regional level governments are well placed to address many fundamental rights issues. Their work on many day-to-day issues are closely related to human rights, but far from always dealt with in those terms. The localisation of rights creates great opportunities to empower cities and other local governments. This was a key message from a group of experts and human rights cities' practitioners brought together by FRA on 27-28 November in Brussels.
Ten years ago on 1 December, the full force of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter came into play. This landmark bill of rights for the EU has the power to make a difference. One decade on, it is yet to reach its full potential. This is changing, slowly but surely.
FRA The human rights commission of the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), visited FRA on 25 November for an exchange of practices.
FRA joined the Council of Europe’s Octopus Conference on cybercrime in Strasbourg from 10 to 22 November.
FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty presented key challenges for civil society organisations in the EU and suggested ways forward to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 28 November.
On 20 November in Brussels, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty met the new European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson to inform her of relevant FRA work.
FRA will take part in the 9th meeting of its collaborative platform on social and economic rights.
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FRA will be a partner of the international human rights film festival, this human world, for the third year.
Private companies and public authorities worldwide increasingly use facial recognition technology. Several EU Member States are now considering, testing or planning to use it for law enforcement purposes as well. While this technology potentially supports fighting terrorism and solving crimes, it also affects people’s fundamental rights. A new Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) paper looks at the fundamental rights implications of relying on live facial recognition technology, focusing on its use for law enforcement and border management purposes.
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FRA will speak during a panel discussion on challenges regarding gender equality in education at a meeting of the Education and Training 2020 Working Group on Promoting Common Values and Inclusive Education.
Millions of women and girls in Europe suffer physical, sexual or psychological violence at the hands of their partner or family members. On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, FRA calls on the EU and its Member States to step up their commitment towards ending violence against women.