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Day 1

25 September
09:30 - 11:30

Performance by Musicians for Human Rights

Opening of the Forum by Michael O’Flaherty, Chair of the Forum.

Message from Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria, High Patron of the Forum (video)

Keynote opening speech by Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission.

High-level opening panel

Panellists:

  • Josef Moser, Austrian Minister of Justice
  • Claude Moraes, Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice, Home Affairs Committee (LIBE), European Parliament
  • Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Anna Rurka, President of the Council of Europe’s Platform of INGOs
Speakers
  • Michael O'FlahertyDirector of the Fundamental Rights Agency and Chair of the Fundamental Rights Forum
    Opening words
  • Věra JourováCommissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission
    Keynote speaker
  • Josef MoserAustrian Minister of Justice
  • Claude MoraesChair of the Civil Liberties, Justice, Home Affairs Committee (LIBE), European Parliament
  • Dunja MijatovićCouncil of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Kate GilmoreUnited Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ingibjörg Sólrún GísladóttirDirector of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Anna RurkaPresident of the Council of Europe’s Platform of INGOs
Moderator
  • Shada IslamDirector of Europe and Geopolitics of the Friends of Europe
Additional resources
11:30 - 12:45
  • WG1: Belonging in today’s diverse, polarised and fragmented societies – the role of education and employment in fostering inclusion
    #MyRightsAreYourRights

    Promoting gender, age and ethnic diversity is a goal shared by many. What role can education and employment play in creating and fostering a sense of belonging, while appreciating diversity? Day 1 will focus on the right to education in fostering inclusion.  Perspectives on diversity and the role of education and human rights education in fostering a sense of belonging will be debated against the background of Sustainable Development Goal 4, and work of the International Contact Group on citizenship and human rights education.
     

  • WG2: Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
    #SharedNeighbourhoods

    Cities and local authorities are on the frontline of many fundamental rights issues. Exchange hands-on experience of integrating migrants, fighting discrimination and promoting equality. Day 1 will focus on closing the divide: cities in the multi-level governance of human rights. Cities are often the closest actors to human rights fulfilment of individuals in everyday situations. However, many local authorities are not aware of their role. Cities are also increasingly involved in the human rights agenda. This is reflected, for instance, in SDG 11 “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and in the Urban Agenda of the EU. Cities could be more involved in the early stage of policy development and decision-making. This session will discuss the actual space of cities in the multilevel governance of human rights and explore how to further engage cities in EU policy-making. Examples of how Human Rights Cities contribute to the promotion and protection of fundamental rights will be showcased during the discussion.

    Contributors:

    Morten Kjaerum, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
    Shams Asadi, Vienna Human Rights Office
    Harald Bergman, Mayor of Middelburg, Spokesperson on human rights for the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities  
     

  • WG3: Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
    #RebuildingTrust

    Contact with public institutions is part of people’s every-day lives. Trust in the EU and national governments has increased since 2015. How can we boost this upward trend? Day 1 will focus on establishing a baseline ranking of the main dimensions of trust in public authorities.
     

  • WG4: Securing social rights through equal opportunities and access to the labour market
    #MyRightsAreYourRights

    The 2008 financial crisis had long-term implications for social rights in Europe. How can social rights develop and help to secure equal opportunities and fair work conditions, particularly for young people? Day 1 will focus on the state of social rights: what can a human rights-based perspective contribute to addressing inequalities and social inclusion? With a contribution from Agnes Jongerius, Member of the European Parliament.
     

  • WG5: Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
    #RightsCulture

    Giving a voice to the excluded through the medium of art and the media, the third sector and rights organisations. How can we amplify stories so often left unheard? Day 1 will focus on arts and media - shaping and (re)framing public perception of those most excluded and at risk of human rights violations.

11:30 - 12:45
  • Leveraging partnerships and multi-stakeholder approach to address child labour and forced labour in agricultural supply chains
    Nestlé S.A. / Fair Labor Association

    How can companies, government and CSOs collaborate to address child and forced labour issues in their supply chains? This session will share insights, perspectives and ground-level realities.

  • Sports - a driver for promoting common values and human rights?
    Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Bulgaria / Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) / Fairplay

    Sport offers innovative ways to break down barriers and promote common values. Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov shares his experiences and thoughts on why sport matters. Drawing on the EU Council Conclusions on promoting common EU values through sport, the session will explore what EU Member States can do to promote values through sport.

  • EU IT systems and biometrics:  fundamental rights implications
    FRA with contributions from law firm AE Nyströms Advokatbyrå AB and the European Commission Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG Home)

    IT systems and biometrics make it difficult for individuals to disprove a false assumption. This session shares practical examples of effective ways to safeguard rights and correct data.

13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:15
  • RISE - Together we can shape a better refugee policy for Europe
    Greek Forum of Refugees (GFR) / Girls for Girls Community e.V / Mosaico

    Refugees are contributors, not beneficiaries. How can we involve them in policies that affect them and use their potential, skills and knowledge to build a more inclusive society?

  • Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion: Ensuring equal access and benefits
    Microsoft, with a contribution from Member of European Parliament Michał Boni

    AI technology won’t be created by the tech sector alone. Microsoft explains how they will democratise the benefits of AI, focusing on the experiences of marginalised communities.

  • National Minorities and the State: from exclusive identities to multi-layered forms of identities
    Council of Europe / FRA with the participation of Fernand de Varennes, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues and József Nagy, Member of European Parliament

    This session explores the notion of belonging against the background of various international instruments protecting persons belonging to national minorities. How can the notion of belonging teach us to manage diverse societies?

  • Believing, belonging, behaving - Building a culture of freedom of religion or belief for all
    Nordic Ecumenical Network on International Freedom of Religion and Belief (NORFORB)

    What role can we play in building a culture that promotes freedom of religion or belief? This session explores the challenges communities have in asserting their rights.

  • From words to action: a checklist for human rights communicators
    FRA / Council of Europe / Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) / European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) / European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET)

    Smart communications maximise the respect, protection and promotion of human rights. This panel introduces an essential checklist for effective communication. It will begin with a short inspiring dialogue between FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty and Global Director, UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign, Mitchell Toomey (tbc).

  • "Othering" Europe's active citizen: creating spaces towards active citizenry
    Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality and Diversity

    Redefining what it means to be an active citizen in Europe today, by challenging dominant ideas and recognising the self-organising ‘European others’.
     

  • Involving Europeans in protecting their rights – the role of political movements in mobilising communities
    Volt Europe

    How do we encourage youth to be active at local, national and European levels? Help shape ideas to foster an increased sense of belonging.
     

  • From 'good practices' to system change: how to rethink migrant inclusion from a community perspective?
    European Programme for Integration and Migration EPIM) / Network of European Foundations (NEF) / Global Centre for Pluralism

    The way we think about and experience migrant inclusion today will shape the Europe of tomorrow. This session explores the future of community cohesion.

  • Independence of the judiciary and corruption
    Council of Europe

    Judges must deliberate cases without fear or favour. Discussions on judicial frameworks need to ensure the judiciary lives up to expected standards of integrity and impartiality. This session is led by Christos Giakoumopoulos, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights and Rule of Law Director General.

  • #MeToo: a global movement to end universal human rights violations against women
    Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE Network) with an introduction by Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women

    Violence against women has the power to marginalise, silence and isolate its victims. How can survivors be empowered, regain agency and restore a sense of belonging?

  • Meeting of Human Rights Cities
    FRA / Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna

    While several European cities have declared themselves to be Human Rights Cities, there is a need for more spaces for these cities to regularly meet to exchange practices, methods and learnings, and to advise or support other cities interested in becoming Human Rights Cities. This meeting will bring together existing and interested European Human Rights Cities, with a view towards strengthening the network of Human Rights Cities in Europe.

15:30 - 16:45
  • Resisting Archangel: technology, surveillance and the rights of the child
    European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) with a contribution from COFACE Families- Europe

    Children are monitored more closely than ever. Apps are addictive by design while connected devices listen and record. Is regulation enough and how do we safeguard children's digital lives?

  • Leaving no one behind: Partnerships to promote and monitor fundamental rights in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    Danish Institute for Human Rights / European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI)

    Belonging implies the human rights principle of non-discrimination is respected. This session demonstrates key tools and methodologies to ensure no one is left behind.

  • Current political conditions for NGOs securing fundamental rights through strategic litigation
    Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung (BUG) / The PILS (Public Interest Litigation Support) project Northern Ireland / European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)

    Many NGOs endure increasingly harsh political situations across the EU. In this climate, how can strategic litigation continue to protect, and enforce, human rights?

  • A fair future of work for everyone
    European Youth Forum

    The changing nature of work has a universal impact on social and economic rights. Can we leave no one behind and ensure a future with quality jobs for all?

  • Bursting bubbles: working with allies to advance common interests
    European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe)

    Together we’re stronger. National and local alliances between NGOs and service providers can tackle common challenges. LGBTI groups share their success stories and lessons learned.

  • Mind the gap: youth and (human) rights
    European Youth Forum / United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR)

    This session examines how international human rights frameworks cater for young people. How can we foster cooperation with youth organisations and movements to improve the situation?
     

  • Black Europe: The EU and the human rights of people of African descent
    European Network of People of African Descent (ENPAD) / The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Anti-Racial Discrimination Section (UN OHCHR), and a contribution by Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, Member of the European Parliament.

    This session will highlight the human rights situation of people of African descent across Europe in different areas in light of the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. With the participation of Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, Member of the European Parliament.

  • Human rights film festivals: zooming into local realities
    This human world – International Human Rights Film Festival / Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival / Dokufest Kosovo

    How can we make a human rights film festival accessible to all? How can we create a network of film professionals, local authorities, arts university and civil society actors while adapting to the differences and local realities in the EU? This session will exchange views and share experiences on diversifying the audience of a film festival on human rights and implementing a joint project fully supported by different stakeholders

17:00 - 18:00

Panel discussion ‘What does belonging mean in Europe today?’

Panellists:

  • Femi Oluwole, co-founder of Our Future, Our Choice

More speakers to be announced.

Moderator
  • Shada IslamDirector of Europe and Geopolitics of the Friends of Europe
Additional resources
18:00 - 19:30

Performance by Musicians for Human Rights

Musicians for Human Rights is a worldwide network of musicians who promote a culture of human rights and social engagement. Their mission is to foster a culture of humanism through music in the United States and worldwide, in support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Day 2

26 September
09:30 - 09:35

Video message by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General 

Speakers
Additional resources
09:35 - 10:30
  • ‘Hard Talk’ with Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman
  • Ali Can, Founder of the association Intercultural Peace, initiator of a ‘hotline for concerned citizens’ Delegate

Connect-Reflect-Act talks are short inspiring speeches given by thought leaders, innovative thinkers, and relevant actors from different areas, comparable to the TED Talks formula.

Speakers
  • Emily O'ReillyEuropean Ombudsman
  • Ali CanFounder of the association Intercultural Peace, initiator of a ‘hotline for concerned citizens’
Additional resources
11:30 - 12:45
  • WG1: Belonging in today’s diverse, polarised and fragmented societies – the role of education and employment in fostering inclusion
    #MyRightsAreYourRights

    Promoting gender, age and ethnic diversity is a goal shared by many. What role can education and employment play in creating and fostering a sense of belonging, while appreciating diversity? Day 2 will focus on the role of employment and employers in promoting inclusion and diversity. Practices that promote diversity in employment as a distinct strength and advantage for economy and society will be showcased, while appreciating milestones in diversity management.
     

  • WG2: Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
    #SharedNeighbourhoods

    Cities and local authorities are on the frontline of many fundamental rights issues. Exchange hands-on experience of integrating migrants, fighting discrimination and promoting equality. 

    Day 2 will focus on living together in the city of tomorrow: re-shaping urban public spaces for all. Public spaces – parks, city plazas, streets and other shared spaces – are important areas of interaction in every city, both positive and negative. People feel more comfortable in cities where public spaces respond to their needs and make them feel safe and respected. Yet FRA evidence shows that discrimination and hate crime often take place in public spaces. Many public spaces are not adapted to the needs of women, the elderly, people in socially disadvantaged situations, children and young persons or persons with disabilities. The design of public spaces and residential areas can therefore play an important role in facilitating better community cohesion and integration.

    Today’s session aims to imagine the city of the future. The session will bring together people who bring in perspectives from city planning and architecture, civil society and young persons, to talk about their experiences in public spaces and to collectively come up with ideas and a vision of what a city of the future that embraces human rights could look like.

    Contributors:

    Marc Koehler, Architect
    Tadas Leončikas, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
    Moritz Konradi, European Forum for Urban Security
     

  • WG3: Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
    #RebuildingTrust

    Contact with public institutions is part of people’s every-day lives. Trust in the EU and national governments has increased since 2015. How can we boost this upward trend? Day 2 will focus on identifying success and where to focus attention in order to increase trust.
     

  • WG4: Securing social rights through equal opportunities and access to the labour market
    #MyRightsAreYourRights

    Europe was hit hard by the financial crisis of 2008. How can social rights help secure equal opportunities and access to work, particularly for young people? Day 2 will focus on socially-inclusive policies - the actors and instruments needed to ensure social rights on an EU, national and regional level.
     

  • WG5: Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
    #RightsCulture

    Giving a voice to the excluded through the medium of art and the media, the third sector and rights organisations. How can we amplify stories so often left unheard? Day 2 will focus on civil society organisations – empowering individuals, channelling the voice of those remaining unheard and influencing decision makers.

11:30 - 12:45
  • Become active for Europe!
    Pulse of Europe

    This session strives to create a dialogue and an exchange of ideas between participants of the Forum and European citizens by contributing to ensure that Europe, now and in the future, remains united and democratic and continues to be a community in which regard for human rights, the rule of law, freedom of speech and assembly as well as tolerance and respect remain integral parts of its essence.
     

  • Shared space of religion and human rights in the context of improving reception conditions of migrants - part 1
    FRA / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights , Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR) / The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) / The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)

    This session explores the shared space of religion and human rights in the area of migration. More specifically, faith-based organisations and human rights organisations share their experiences to improve reception conditions of migrants in Europe.

  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights - how to make it a better known, understood and used instrument at the national level?
    FRA / Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

    Exchange your views and experiences of how the Charter is used nationally. What are the key drivers and barriers for its implementation?

  • How can EU law protect civil society space?
    Fundamental Rights Platform, Advisory Panel / European Centre for Non-Profit Law (ECNL)

    NGOs face legal restrictions and attacks designed to undermine their trust. How, in the face of this hostility, can they win and keep positive public opinion?

  • From rights to realities: music for empowerment and integration
    Musicians for Human Rights (MFHR) /  Musicians without Borders

    How can municipalities develop community-based expertise in music with a diverse range of public needs that are identified human rights obligations? This session explores how to fulfil human rights obligations effectively and efficiently, while strengthening the social fabric through empowerment and integration via music. 

13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:15
  • The rule of law is too slow – the human rights impacts of privatised enforcement
    Access Now

    Privatised enforcement is commonplace. Private firms can be more agile than central government. But what are the human rights implications of delegating these powers and responsibilities?

  • Free to speak, safe to learn - Democratic schools for all
    Council of Europe

    Schools are the frontline for dealing with threats to inclusive democratic societies. This session discusses the challenges ahead of the new Council of Europe campaign “Free to Speak, Safe to Learn”, which will be presented by Snežana Samardžić-Marković, the Council of Europe’s Director General of Democracy.
     

  • Protecting the Rule of Law, by promoting understanding of and respect for judicial independence and accountability
    European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ)

    The Rule of Law is at the core of the EU. Low public confidence in the judiciary is a major issue. The session examines remedies for strengthening trust. 

  • Addressing anti-Gypsyism: new strategies to ensure fundamental rights of Roma in Europe
    Alliance against Antigypsyism / European Roma Grassroots Organizations (ERGO) Network / Central Council of German Sinti and Roma /  European Network Against Racism (ENAR) / European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) with a contribution of Soraya Post, Member of European Parliament

    Racism against those perceived as ‘gypsies’ is insidious because of its high level of social acceptance. This session explores strategies to transform attitudes and behaviour.

  • From corporate social responsibility to responsibility to respect human rights: role of businesses in human rights protection
    Slovak National Centre for Human Rights / Public Defender of Georgia / European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI)

    What is the role of business in protecting human rights? This session reflects on good practices and helps assemble key recommendations for relevant stakeholders.

  • Making rights real: the fight against ageism
    AGE Platform Europe

    Ageism is embedded in policy and practice. How can a rights-based approach end poverty, reduce inequality and promote health and wellbeing in later life?

  • The myth of foreign agents and people smugglers - How to change the narrative on civil society?
    Fundamental Rights Platform Advisory Panel / International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

    This session raises awareness of the sources and causes of negative stories. It explores how to build effective communication based on trust, rather than fear.

  • Cities of refuge
    FRA and partners

    ‘Cities of refuge’ is a 5-year research project that relates the relevance of international human rights, as law, praxis and discourse, to how local governments in Europe welcome and integrate refugees.

  • From principles and passion to productivity: stories from human rights defenders and creators of music-centered NGOs
    Musicians for Human Rights (MFHR)

    This session explores music as an actor for the promotion and protection of human rights.  

15:30 - 16:45
  • Citizen’s Europe – citizens’ meaningful participation in public affairs
    Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe / Civil Society Engagement Support Unit of the Open Government Partnership 

    Universal suffrage is not enough to guarantee active citizenship. This session explores how to reinforce democratic systems and facilitate meaningful citizen participation.

  • Age Matters! Exploring age-related barriers to service access and the realisation of rights for adolescents
    Youth Policy Labs / United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and FRA

    Adults listen, young people talk. This session examines the impact of age-related legislation on policies covering education, health, social care, justice, migration and asylum, political participation.

  • Fostering belonging and community among sexual and gender minority (SGM) refugees
    Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM) / Rutgers University / Queer Base

    Sexual and gender minority refugees are among the most vulnerable of forced migrants. This session explores the problems and looks for potential solutions to aid their integration and sense of belonging in the EU.

  • The role of participatory approach in reducing social vulnerability. The example of a social intervention aiming at the re-housing of families belonging to a marginalized Roma community
    Inter-community Development Association of Cluj Metropolitan Area (IDA CMA Cluj)

    Social intervention in marginalised communities can prevent victimisation of the most vulnerable. What can we learn from the Pata-Cluj project that is helping Romania’s Roma community?

  • Is there a role for business in supporting civil society space? Rationale, practical cases and next steps.
    Fundamental Rights Platform, Advisory Panel / Business and Human Rights Resource Center / International Service for Human Rights

    What is the business, moral and normative case for contributing to civil society space? This session looks at concrete suggestions to support society, freedom and human rights.

  • Belonging: How to overcome growing polarisation and othering via social media
    Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit

    Hate speech and disinformation online are dangers for liberal democracies. How can we protect both individual rights and freedom of expression in the digital sphere?

17:00 - 18:00

Migrants arriving in the EU have often endured harrowing journeys to get there. But those who survive and receive international protection face an equally daunting challenge: building a future and a sense of belonging in their new home. Learning the local language and finding employment are essential elements of that process, but hurdles abound. Health issues relating to the trauma of leaving your home country is just one example.

This panel discussion will take a clear-eyed look at the many challenges to successful integration – and what can be done to surmount them. This session will identify obstacles and response gaps by scrutinising policy and practical responses adopted by the EU and its Member States, including at the local level. It will also highlight efforts that are finding ways to tap into the tremendous potential underlying these developments.

Relevant documentary footage will complement the real-world insights provided by the panellists working on diverse aspects of this complex and vital issue.

Panellists:

  • Lefteris Papagiannakis, Vice-Mayor of Athens

More speakers to be announced.

 

Moderator
  • Shada IslamDirector of Europe and Geopolitics of the Friends of Europe
Additional resources
19:30 - 21:00

‘The Cleaners’ focuses on content moderation on social media and websites. What is a content moderator responsible for? Screening 25,000 social media posts a day and deciding what to delete or ignore. It sounds obvious: no nudity, no dead children. But what if it’s a naked painting of President Trump, or a photo of a Libyan refugee child who drowned crossing the Mediterranean?

A panel debate curated by FRA will engage the audience into a discussion on freedom of (artistic & political) expression, hate speech, censorship and control of the public space: how do we stop social media from promoting violence and hatred while protecting our right to freedom of expression?

Panellists:

Moritz Riesewieck, film director
Fanny Hidvégi, European Policy Manager at Access Now

Venue: Stadtkino, downtown Vienna.

Moderator
  • Mario OetheimerHead of Sector Information Society, Privacy and Data ProtectionFreedoms & Justice

Day 3

27 September
09:30 - 10:30

Connect-Reflect-Act talks are short inspiring speeches given by thought leaders, innovative thinkers, and relevant actors from different areas, comparable to the TED Talks formula.

Speakers
Additional resources
10:30 - 11:45
  • WG1: Belonging in today’s diverse, polarised and fragmented societies – the role of education and employment in fostering inclusion
    #MyRightsAreYourRights

    Promoting gender, age and ethnic diversity is a goal shared by many. What role can education and employment play in creating and fostering a sense of belonging, while appreciating diversity? Day 3 will focus on linking education and employment to foster inclusion: tools and follow-up ideas that employers and educators can offer, involving also civil society, to foster diversity to promote inclusion and belonging, will be in focus.
     

  • WG2: Local action as a driver of human rights and belonging
    #SharedNeighbourhoods

    Cities and local authorities are on the frontline of many fundamental rights issues. Exchange hands-on experience of integrating migrants, fighting discrimination and promoting equality. Day 3 will focus on community-engagement – an effective tool for high quality local policies and service delivery to individuals. The discussion will explore how engagement, participation and empowering communities at local level contribute to strengthening the sense of belonging for everybody. The session will in particular focus on engaging diverse populations, vulnerable groups, children and young persons or persons in hospital care.

    Contributors:

    Emma Broberg, Region of Västra Götaland, Sweden
    Aurélien Dierckens, AFEJI Association
    Alexandru Rudol, Roma youth activist  
     

  • WG3: Boosting trust in institutions – a critical dialogue
    #RebuildingTrust

    Contact with public institutions is part of people’s everyday lives. Trust in the EU and national governments has increased since 2015. How can we boost this upward trend? Day 3 will focus on exchanging practices and sharing best practices and their implementation to increase trust in institutions.
     

  • WG4: Securing social rights through equal opportunities and access to the labour market
    #MyRightsAreYourRights

    Europe was hit hard by the financial crisis of 2008. How can social rights help secure equal opportunities and access to work, particularly for young people? Day 3 will focus on a sustainable way forward - exploring approaches and partnerships to secure social rights at a local and national level.
     

  • WG5: Turning up the volume: no voice unheard!
    #RightsCulture

    Giving a voice to the excluded through the medium of art and the media, the third sector and rights organisations. How can we amplify stories so often left unheard? Day 3 will focus on National Human Right Institutions and Equality Bodies – acting as a bridge between rights holders and duty bearers.

10:30 - 11:45

 

  • Shared space of religion and human rights in the context of improving reception conditions of migrants - part 2
    FRA / Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR) / The UN Human Rights Office (UN OHCHR) / The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID)

    This second session connects religious and human rights activists, sharing their experiences on how to improve reception conditions of migrants in Europe.
     

  • Panel debate on the power of art in promoting belonging

    This panel will focus on discussions about how different forms of art could help convey a message of human rights and belonging. How can the arts support each other to get a more powerful message through? What change can be expected when, and if, arts are involved?

    The aim will be to discuss what the notion of ‘belonging’ means in the world of arts, how inclusive and diverse the arts are, if arts feel a responsibility towards creating more tolerant and inclusive societies, how far stereo typecasting is still a reality, and other related issues.

    Panellists:

    Dean Vuletic, historian of contemporary Europe, Department of East European History of the University of Vienna, currently leading the project 'Intervision: Popular Music and Politics in Eastern Europe'
    Ani Zonneveld, Malaysian-American writer, a singer/songwriter, speaker and a human rights defender

12:00 - 13:30

Presentation of the Chair’s Statement 2018 by Michael O’Flaherty, Chair of the Forum

Closing panel ‘Delivering for fundamental rights in tomorrow’s Europe’
Panellists:

  • Mairead McGuinness, First Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Tiina Astola,  Director-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission  (tbc)
  • George Ciamba, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania
  • Zara Todd, member of FRA’s Advisory Panel  (tbc)

Closing remarks by Sirpa Rautio, Chair of the FRA Management Board

Speakers
Moderator
  • Shada IslamDirector of Europe and Geopolitics of the Friends of Europe
Additional resources
13:30 - 14:30

With a musical performance by Square Waltz

Special arrangement of the EU-anthem, as well as some accompanying music for lunch, which will bridge the gap between famous melodies of the Wiener Walzer, and the rhythms and sounds of the 21st century world.

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