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New report on political participation of people with disabilities by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

On the eve of the European elections, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a report on the political participation of persons with disabilities. The report provides an overview of developments since the last report published in 2014, considers good practices and suggests activities to ensure equal opportunities for people with disabilities, under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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LGBTIQ equality at a crossroads: progress and challenges

More LGBTIQ people in Europe are now open about who they are. At the same time, they face more violence, harassment, and bullying than before. This is especially true for younger LGBTIQ people, who are particularly vulnerable. These are some of the findings of the latest EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, based on responses from more than 100,000 LGBTIQ people across Europe.

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The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance

On 10 April 2024, the European Parliament adopted the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, a package of reforms expanding the criminalisation and digital surveillance of migrants.  Despite civil society organisations’ repeated warnings, the Pact “will normalise the arbitrary use of immigration detention, including for children and families, increase racial profiling, use ‘crisis’ procedures to enable pushbacks, and return individuals to so called ‘safe third countries’ where they are at risk of violence, torture, and arbitrary imprisonment”.

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Addressing Racism in Policing

Racist comments, more frequent stops and even violence - this is how people of different ethnic backgrounds experience policing in Europe. Yet, the lack of national data makes it difficult to fully assess the magnitude of the problem and design effective responses, finds the first ever EU-wide report on racism in policing from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. The Agency calls on EU countries to systematically collect data on police misconduct, make reporting safer and recording of police incidents effective, and increase diversity in police forces.

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