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Citizenship is a great enabler, bringing with it many rights. But when trying to enjoy their rights many people with disabilities face constant barriers. As this year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on citizenship, FRA calls for greater efforts to build a fairer and more inclusive Europe so people with disabilities can live as fully-fledged citizens.
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FRA will join around 500 participants gathering in Berlin on 4-5 December for the 2017 German Inclusion Days.
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FRA’s Scientific Committee will hold its 39th meeting on 4 December at the Agency. At this meeting, the FRA Director will update the Scientific Committee on recent developments.
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Freedom of expression is a vital human right in any well-functioning democracy enabling many other rights, said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty during his speech to the human rights committee of the Polish national council of attorneys at law in Warsaw on 1 December. He spoke of some of the challenges of upholding this right, at a time when support for promoting and protecting human rights appears to be weakening in some parts of Europe.
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Freedom of expression enables many other fundamental rights but there exists challenges to upholding this right. At a time when support for promoting and protecting of human rights appears to be weakening in some parts of Europe, FRA's Director delivered a speech at a conference on 'Freedom of Expression in the Contemporary World' hosted by the Polish Council of Attorneys at Law in Warsaw on 1 December. ** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY **
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The FRA Director outlined the Agency’s role and current work in providing practical, hands on fundamental rights expertise and support to EU institutions and Member States during the annual heads of Justice and Home Affairs agencies meeting in Lisbon on 28 November.
On 27 November, the Agency highlighted the potential fundamental rights impact of return procedures during the Greek Ombudsman’s conference on the return of third country nationals and the rule of law.
As part of its support to Italy and Greece, the Agency helped train volunteer guardians on 24 November, in Cagliari, Italy.
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The Agency attended the second meeting of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Radicalisation on 24 November in Brussels.
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The Agency joined a consultative meeting of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw on 24 November concerning a survey on hate crime against selected communities in Poland.
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The Agency contributed to the Annual Conference on Countering Terrorism in the EU, a regular event organised by ERA, the Academy of European Law.
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The Italian inter-ministerial committee on human rights hosted a public event on 20 November where some 70 people participated.
The Agency held a workshop on equality data collection at the annual legal seminar of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination on 1 December.
An expert meeting in Strasbourg on 20 November looked at various legal aspects of complaints mechanisms for human rights violations during border controls and expulsions.
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On 21 November, the Agency presented the key findings of the Fundamental Rights Report 2017 in Madrid to a seminar that was jointly organised by the General Secretariat of Immigration and Emigration of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security and the Comillas Pontifical University.
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The Agency Director will visit Poland from 30 November to 1 December to discuss fundamental rights issues with government representatives, human rights bodies and civil society.
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This year the Agency will join forces with the ‘this human world’ International Human Rights Film Festival that runs from 30 November to 10 December in Vienna.
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An awareness day on preventing discriminatory violence in cities is being organised in Dunkirk by the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS).
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The Agency will take part in the MANEO international conference on LGBT* hate crime in Berlin from 30 November to 1 December.
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During a seminar at the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions’ General Assembly, the Agency will speak about the state of play of engagement between the EU and NHRIs.