FRA Director (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights), Michael O’Flaherty, launched the EU’s High Level Group on combating racism and xenophobia in Brussels on June 14th. He remarked how important it is to fight hate crime and outlined four areas to help counteract the spread of hate:
1) strengthening human rights education; 2) greater rights awareness; 3) acceptance that everyone needs to be tolerant of others and not leave minority communities to tackle racism on their own; and 4) working harder to better and fully integrate migrants and minorities groups into society.” (for more: http://fra.europa.eu/en/news/2016/fra-director-calls-zero-tolerance-hate-crime)
This group will build on the Agency’s Hate Crime Working Party that united representatives from all Member States on finding ways to improve the recording and reporting of hate crime that ultimately. This led to a compendium of good practices for others to use.
During the same month, the Fundamental Rights Forum (http://fundamentalrightsforum.eu/en/frf/home) took place: from the 20 to the 23rd. The Chair’s Statement is downloadable in pdf format from this link: http://fra.europa.eu/en/news/2016/100-practical-ways-help-tackle-europes-human-rights-challenges .
It “addresses the three most pressing fundamental rights challenges facing the EU today: refugee protection, inclusion and the digital age, corresponding to the three thematic areas discussed at the Forum. […]The Chair’s Statement will be presented on 11 July to both the EU Council’s Working Party responsible for fundamental rights (FREMP) and the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). The proposals and commitments it contains will thereafter be widely disseminated in national parliaments and among stakeholders, as well as forming the basis of much of the Agency’s forthcoming work.”