FRA Symposium 2011 on fundamental rights indicators

Guest speakers

  • Ms Ilze Brands Kehris

    Ms Ilze Brands Kehris

    Chairperson of the FRA Management Board since 2009, Ms Brands Kehris is also director of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

  • Morten Kjaerum

    Morten Kjaerum

    Appointed as director of the FRA in 2008. Prior to this, he was the director of the Danish Centre for Human Rights until 2003 when he became the founding director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Download opening speech

  • Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea

    Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea

    Director in charge of Equality in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice. Chief negotiator for Romania’s accession to the European Union between December 1999 and January 2001.

  • Craig Mohkiber

    Craig Mohkiber

    Chief of Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, working with the UN since 1992.
    Download keynote address

  • Trevor Phillips

    Trevor Phillips

    Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in the UK. He became head of Commission for Racial Equality in 2003, and on its abolition in 2006 was appointed full-time chair of its successor, the EHRC.

The 2nd Annual FRA Symposium is set in the context of the FRA’s role to develop methods and standards that would improve comparability, objectivity and reliability of data at the European level.

The 2011 Symposium on "Using indicators to measure fundamental rights in the EU: challenges and solutions" will bring together key experts and stakeholders, with a view to formulating suggestions on the development and use of indicators as a tool to measure progress in the implementation of fundamental rights in the EU. The event builds on the work of FRA and other actors, including in particular the conceptual and methodological framework on indicators for human rights developed under the auspices of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Treaty Bodies.

Around 90 experts from national government agencies and specialised bodies, specialists from international and non-governmental organisations, and data collection institutions are expected to attend. Participation is upon invitation only.

Key areas

Taking into consideration the FRA’s own thematic priorities, the 2011 Symposium will focus its discussions on indicators in five key areas which are particularly vulnerable to rights violations.

These five key areas are:

Follow up

The proceedings of the 2011 Symposium, as well as the FRA follow up activities, will be made publicly available on the FRA website.

Outcome Report

The report is outlining the main discussion results and findings of the Symposium. We would much welcome feedback on the report to further our ongoing efforts on fundamental rights indicators.
Please send your feedback to FRA Programme Manager Jonas Grimheden.

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Human rights obligations are expressed as abstract legal standards. Indicators break these standards down into concrete and measurable elements. For example, governments are under an obligation to take the best interests of the child as a primary consideration in any actions concerning children, such as court proceedings. To track the implementation of this right, indicators might measure the proportion of lawyers, police and court officials that have been specially trained to deal with children. Together with other indicators measuring implementation of this right the results reveal the degree to which the right is being guaranteed, whether progress has been made, and whether policies to promote the right have been effective.