Engage in new conversations.
Shape critical human rights agendas.
Transform complex thinking into practical solutions.
How can the Fundamental Rights Forum help protect human rights?
People need to feel safe, secure and share a sense of belonging within a wider community. Protecting and promoting fundamental rights can make this a reality for everyone.
The Forum brings together over 400 thought leaders from human rights communities, the arts and business. They represent international, national and local organisations.
Over three days they will share their stories, discuss new perspectives on pressing human rights issues and suggest strategies to deal with them. They will not shy away from difficult discussions.
The Forum centres on the idea of belonging. Diverse sessions will challenge policies and practices on issues ranging from the situation of people of African descent in the EU, child poverty, refugee inclusion and artificial intelligence.
The aim is to influence the hearts and minds of policymakers and the general public. To have a dialogue about human rights beyond the Forum itself. Attendees will help define new, constructive ways forward for human rights.
Human Rights are for everyone: from the general public to the most marginalised in society. The Forum aims to provide answers to some of these questions:
- How do we ensure everyone has full access to and understanding of their human rights?
- How do we make sure rights have meaning, whether for getting a job, education or escaping from poverty?
- How can we connect international organisations and governments with those offering frontline support?
- How can schools prepare the tolerant, respectful citizens of tomorrow?
Fundamental Rights Forum High Patron, Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria
Highlighting the Agency’s important role in reminding the EU and its Member States to uphold their commitment to fundamental rights, the Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen, is the High Patron of FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum.
Dr Josef Moser has been Austria’s Federal Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice since 8 January 2018. Prior to this he was became Austria’s Minister of Justice on 18 December 2017.
Ivan Krastev is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. For 2018 to 2019, he has been appointed as the Henry A.
Sirpa Rautio, Chair and Finnish member of the FRA Management Board, has over 25 years of experience in human rights (e.g. the World Bank Nordic Trust Fund, the Council of Europe, the OSCE/ODIHR, the UN and the EU). She has been the director of the Finnish Human Rights Centre since 2012.
Aya Mohammed Abdullah
Aya is a Member of the UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council.
Ali Can is an author, peacebuilder and founder of the Intercultural Peace Association.
Mairead McGuinness is First Vice-President of the European Parliament in charge of dialogue with religious and non-confessional organisations.
Claude Moraes is Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir (Iceland), became Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights on 19 July 2017.
António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.
Dunja Mijatović was elected Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights on 25 January 2018 by the Parliamentary Assembly and took up her position on 1 April 2018.
Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. In 2014, before coming to the European Commission, she was Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic.
Kate Gilmore is UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. She brings to the position diverse and longstanding experience in strategic leadership and human rights advocacy with the UN, government and non-government organisations.
Emily O’Reilly was first elected as the European Ombudsman in July 2013. Following the European Parliament elections, she was re-elected for a five year mandate in December 2014. As European Ombudsman she investigates maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.
Michael O’Flaherty is FRA’s current Director. Previously, he was Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also been the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
The Fundamental Rights Forum 2018 will take place from 25-27 September at the METAStadt in Vienna.
AT - 1220 Vienna
The venue can be reached by the metro line U1 to the station 'Kagran' then via tram 25 to 'Erzehog Karl Strasse' or by the metro line U2 to the station 'Hardeggasse' and then via tram 25 to 'Erzehog Karl Strasse'.
METAstadt can also be reached by train via the S80 from the 'Hauptbahnhof' (25 minutes) or 'Simmering Ostbahn' stations (17 minutes).
The meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. In case you need further assistance, please get in touch with the organisers. We will do our best to cater for your individual needs.