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Over the years, the Fundamental Rights Forum has brought together a diverse range of participants to tackle some of the most important issues in modern times.

Explore here some of the themes and highlights from previous events.

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Fundamental Rights Forum 2021

In 2021, over 3,000 people joined the Forum in Vienna and online, for over 145 different sessions across 6 locations.

From 11 to 12 October, the event brought together people from diverse backgrounds –thought leaders, decision makers, civil society, artists, businesses, young people, faith and non-confessional communities, and many more.

They were all united by one ambition – to build a vision of hope.

The event culminated in five main takeaways:

  • WAKE UP– we need to acknowledge that no system or organisation is permanent and infallible; changes may well happen.
  • JOIN UP– we need to bring everybody who cares about human rights to engage and work with each other on our common concerns.
  • WISE UP– we need to improve our tools, get better at data gathering and making a business case for our claims.
  • CATCH UP– we need to meaningfully engage with the digital world and new technologies, especially artificial intelligence.
  • LISTEN UP – we need to work in partnership with rightsholders, including young people, to promote and protect human rights.

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Fundamental Rights Forum 2018

The second Fundamental Rights Forum took place from 25 to 27 September 2018. Over 700 human rights actors attended the event, exchanging knowledge and ideas across 6 major themes: disinformation, technology, culture; inclusion, rightsholders, and rebuilding trust.

The Forum also offered plenty of networking and interaction opportunities, such as:

  • A Living Library allowed participants ‘to borrow ‘books’ from a library of human experiences and hear about their incredible stories, enhancing their testimonies with the power of human interactions.
  • The Virtual Zone provided participants with hands-on experience of the latest tools human rights defenders use to adapt to the digital age.
  • The Sports and Humans Rights sessions demonstrated the power of sport to promote common values and human rights.

Watch the video recordings of all sessions for more.

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Fundamental Rights Forum 2016

The inaugural Fundamental Rights Forum ran from 20 to 23 June 2016. It offered 27 workshops, 6 panel debates and 10 ‘connect.reflect.act’ talks on 3 major themes: inclusion, refugee protection, and the digital age.

Each day gave a different perspective to allow an in-depth analysis of the various themes: innovation, rights-based governance, empowering rightsholders, and fundamental rights-compliant sustainable growth.

Over 400 contributors from 28 countries and 130+ speakers and international experts swapped ideas, shared their expertise and explored out-of-the box scenarios to come up with a concrete action point for the future.

Check out the event highlights and brochure for a better sense of this Forum.

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