Joint NGO statement to the EU Colloquium on Fundamental Rights

The undersigned civil society organisations welcome the initiative of First Vice-President Timmermans to hold the first Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights on 1st and 2nd October 2015. The following joint statement lists concrete recommendations for both EU institutions and Member States. We call upon the European Commission and Member States to ensure the event puts forward concrete recommendations that will be followed up by all relevant parties.

The undersigned welcome this year’s focus on violence, hatred, discrimination and intolerance against Jewish and Muslim communities, which were particularly in spotlight during the last two years. Antisemitism, Islamophobia, as well as other forms of hatred and discrimination, should be dealt with a coherent and intersectional approach that acknowledges and ensures victims’ protection against multiple forms of discrimination.

Read the full letter.

The statement is signed by:
1. Amnesty International – European Institutions Office
2. CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
3. EDF – the European Disability Forum
4. ENAR – the European Network Against Racism
5. ENORB – the European Network on Religion and Belief
6. ERGO – the European Network of Roma Grassroot Organisations
7. EYF – the European Youth Forum
8. FEMYSO – the European Forum of Muslim Youth and Students Organisations
9. FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights
10. Human Rights Watch
11. ILGA-Europe – the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
12. OSEPI – the Open Society European Policy Institute
13. Social Platform
14. SPIOR – Stichting Platform Islamitische Organisaties Rijnmond, the Netherlands
15. The Swedish Muslim Human Rights Committee, Sweden
16. Tell Mama (Measuring anti-Muslim Acts), United Kingdom