The Agency took part in the annual lessons learned meeting in Athens from 17 to 18 October of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development-run project on forced return monitoring.
On 16 October, the Agency discussed the protection of fundamental rights in the digital area in the context of the Internet Governance Forum Austria.
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On 16 October, the Agency presented key findings from its Fundamental Rights Report 2017 in Bucharest at the Romanian Parliament.
The Austrian platform for surveys, methods and empirical analysis (PUMA) learnt about the methodologies employed in the Agency’s surveys for reaching special populations, especially ethnic minorities and immigrants.
The Agency gave a presentation on border surveillance at an international conference entitled ‘Death at Sea and the Securitisation of Search and Rescue’ on 29 September in London.
New guidance from the European Law Institute lays down legal standards which have to be respected to prevent unlawful or arbitrary detention of asylum seekers and migrants in an irregular situation.
The Agency will take part in a panel debate during the Estonian Presidency’s ‘Futur-e-Justice’ conference in Tallinn from 19 to 20 October.
On 19 October, the Head of the Agency’s Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department, Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, will present FRA’s recent work in the field of hate crime and hate crime reporting by LGBTI people.
Women continue to be plagued by violence, harassment and hate in their daily lives. It affects women in all walks of life, online and off from the home to the workplace to the street. The ground-breaking 2014 survey from the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights revealed the scale and widespread abuse of women across the EU; the recent shocking allegations against the US film producer Harvey Weinstein has triggered further revelations of widespread abuse elsewhere. These additional examples form part of a long line of incidents that underline the urgent need to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women.
Reforms to surveillance laws are improving transparency but better checks and balances to match the powers of intelligence services are needed, finds a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). It shows how clear legal frameworks, robust safeguards and effective oversight are needed to enhance security and respect fundamental rights.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the OSCE’s Cordoba Conference and Declaration concerning intolerance, discrimination and hatred against Muslims on 18 October 2017, FRA will present its latest findings on Muslim discrimination and intolerance.
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The FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, outlined the difficulties in today’s media landscape when opening the General Affairs Council’s annual rule of law dialogue on 17 October in Luxembourg. Addressing Ministers and State Secretaries responsible for EU affairs he suggested five initiatives he felt could help strengthen media pluralism in the digital age.
Human trafficking remains a grave concern in the European Union. It is also one of the protection challenges in the migration hotspots where various initiatives are aiming to help address the phenomenon.
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Today, 17 October marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The adoption of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 has provided a new agenda to address poverty eradication. While globally one billion people live in extreme poverty and more than 800 million endure hunger and malnutrition, in the European Union, one of the richest regions of the world, every fourth person experiences at least one of three forms of poverty or social exclusion.
The FRA Director will join the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 17 October.
On 17 October, the Agency will take part in an expert meeting on the implementation and operation of the European arrest warrant.
The Agency will present its Local Engagement for Roma Inclusion project and the participatory action research methodology it used at the local level during a empowering Roma working group.
The Estonian EU Presidency and the EU Agency, eu-LISA, will host a conference in Tallinn from 17 to 18 October.
On 16 October, the Agency will present key findings from its Fundamental Rights Report 2017 in Bucharest at the Romanian Parliament.
On 16 October, the Agency will take part in a public consultation on child-friendly justice in Berlin.