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FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum.- Vienna, Austria

25/09/2018 - 27/09/2018

Global threats are eroding human rights progress and commitments. This is happening even though the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has existed for 70 years, and the EU has its very own Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The EU and its Member States are struggling to find effective answers to the problems people face. These include:

  • security concerns
  • economic worries
  • changing global migratory patterns
  • fake news
  • lack of public debate
  • alienation or ‘othering’

Populist movements are exploiting all of this for their own gain. As a result, society is being fragmented. Some groups increasingly feel separated, excluded and marginalised.

People in the EU risk losing their sense of belonging – both to the societies they live in and the values which underpin the EU. That said, the 2017 EU Citizenship report shows that Europeans expect more to be done to promote common values.

The Forum will be a catalyst to reignite a passion for fairness, justice and equality.

The Forum is a unique space for dialogue on the pressing human rights challenges in the EU. It is an opportunity to engage in new conversations and shape critical human rights agendas.

Among those meeting in Vienna will be leading global and European voices from:

  • politics
  • human rights
  • international and regional intergovernmental organisations
  • civil society
  • faith communities
  • the arts
  • business
  • trade unions
  • and many others

The Forum is organised by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Can I follow events at the Forum?

Registration for the Forum has closed. You can follow the event live by joining the debate online.

FRA has indicated Twitter usernames in the programme. Where possible, please use these to tag participants in posts and photos from the Forum. It’s great for their visibility and might get a retweet.

We have also created dedicated hashtags. Remember to include the Forum hashtag—#RightsForum18—in all your social posts, as this will help people to be able to find us as easily and through as many channels as possible.

  1. #RebuildingTrust
  2. #SharedNeighbourhoods
  3. #RightsCulture
  4. #MyRightsAreYourRights
  5. #RightsTech
  6. #HumanRightsMatter


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EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
City of Vienna
European Commission
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU
Norwegian Minister of Forein Affairs


Dr. Otto Neurath Gasse 3
Vienna, 1220 Austria
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