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FRA joined a meeting on 23 November of the European Commission’s informal expert group on the Rights of the Child.
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FRA will take part in an online meeting on how Justice and Home Affairs agencies draft their annual reports. The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is organising the 26-27 November meeting.
The European Commission’s new Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 acknowledges FRA’s key role in monitoring the effectiveness of EU integration and inclusion policies.
FRA’s and European Judicial Training Network's yearly joint training on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in national proceedings will take place on 26 November online.
FRA’s guidance on Applying the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in law and policymaking at national level is now also in Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Slovakian, Slovenian and Spanish.
National Contact Points from the European Migration Network (EMN) met online from 12 to 13 November. These monthly meetings aim to update contact points as well as the European Commission and its Joint Research Centre, the European Asylum Support Office, the European Parliament and FRA about each other’s activities.
FRA’s Director visited Croatia from 16 to 18 November to get a better understanding about the allegations of fundamental rights violations of migrants and refugees at the external border.
Trop de femmes et de filles ne sont toujours pas protégées. L’augmentation de la violence domestique pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 l’a clairement démontré et a révélé à quel point cette violation des droits de l’homme est encore courante. La Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes, célébrée le 25 novembre, est l’occasion de relancer les efforts visant à protéger efficacement les droits des femmes et à mettre fin à la violence qui leur est faite.
FRA’s Director Michael O’Flaherty joins a high-level panel on 24 November on the impact of the pandemic on children’s education. FRA will also speak on an expert panel on children’s increased risk of exposure to violence and the difficulty in accessing protection and support services.
FRA, as co-chair of the Frontex Consultative Forum, presented the Forum’s Annual Report to the European Parliament’s Schengen Working Group.
On 14 November, FRA took part in the 2020 PROTECT Expert Forum. The event explored existing and emerging issues surrounding migration management in Europe, in light of the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants.
FRA’s Director attended a Frontex Management Board meeting on 10 November which addressed key fundamental rights issues.
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On 16 and 17 November 2020, FRA hosted the third meeting of the relaunched EU Roma Working Party via videoconference. On the first day, the national Roma contact points discussed the new EU Roma Strategic Framework on equality, inclusion and participation presented by DG JUST.
The NGOs Human Rights Watch, Refugee Rights Europe, in cooperation with the End Pushbacks Partnership network, hosted an online event on 18 November. It looked at pushbacks and rights violations at EU’s internal and external borders.
FRA’s Director in his video statement to the online General Conference of the European Coalition of cities against racism (ECCAR) on 19-20 November spoke of the serious patterns of discrimination and discriminatory attitudes towards certain population groups. He also pointed to how the COVID-19 pandemic has made matters worse.
This video statement by FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty was recorded for the 2020 General conference of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR): “CommunicAction – A common front to protect human rights at the local level”.
The EU’s Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies are stepping up their mutual cooperation on digitalisation. Earlier today, the Heads of JHA Agencies came together for a virtual annual meeting, chaired by Eurojust, where they had a first exchange on Artificial Intelligence and digital capacity building, training tools and innovative learning. With the COVID-19 pandemic having served as a catalyst for teleworking and videoconferencing, the agencies agreed to explore avenues for closer cooperation in order to shape the digital future of law enforcement, border management and justice that respects fundamental rights.
FRA took part in a meeting of the Public Interest Litigation Project on 17 November.
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FRA asked 482 Roma and 123 Travellers about their daily life and experiences of discrimination in Belgium in a survey carried out in 2018 and 2019.
Il est aujourd'hui plus important que jamais de garantir les droits de l’enfant. Les mesures prises pour endiguer la propagation de la Covid-19 risquent d'avoir un effet durable sur nos enfants et sur notre avenir. La journée de l’enfance du 20 novembre nous rappelle qu'il convient d’intensifier nos efforts pour protéger les droits de tous les enfants et de leur donner les opportunités de contribuer au changement.