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Emilija Berzanskaite
13th October 2021
Human Rights

FRA launches Human Rights Cities in the EU Framework

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) together with representatives of several European cities launched a new Framework for Human Rights Cities in the EU. 

At the Fundamental Rights Forum 2021, the parties unveiled the Framework, which aims to showcase what being a Human Rights City means and encourage more cities and local governments to make human rights an integral part of their work. According to the FRA, becoming a human rights city can have an invigorating effect, boosting confidence in local government and fostering public debates that ultimately help make fairer societies for all. 

The new Framework consists of three main elements -foundations, structures and tools- for mayors, local administrations and grassroots organisations to reinforce fundamental rights locally. These elements formalise a city’s commitment to fulfil human rights, provide for mechanisms and bodies that integrate this commitment into the city’s work, and offer methods and resources that help implement a human-rights based approach in daily activities.

Vienna, which has been a Human Rights City already for six years, helped to develop the new Framework and created a human rights office led by Shams Asadi, the Human Rights Commissioner.

Read the FRA’s press release here.


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