Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe

PACE Side Event: Communicating human rights in challenging times

04/04/2019 - 18:18

Recent developments in Europe and the rest of the world show that human rights are continuously under threat. At a time when extremists and populists, with anti-rights agendas and facilitated by disinformation, are gathering greater support, human rights actors need to improve their public communications in order to successfully promote, respect, protect and realise human rights.

Based on the urgent need to more effectively communicate human rights, their value for everyone and the necessity to protect them, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and experts in strategic communications have developed invaluable expertise on communicating human rights in 2017 and 2018. The outcome of this work, for now, are the FRA’s 10 keys to effectively communicating human rights, which were launched at the 2018 Fundamental Rights Forum. They could be considered as good rules of thumb for taking human rights messages to the widest possible audience and to have those messages heard. The 10 keys are helping to frame, shape and deliver human rights messages, and, where needed, to reframe these messages in terms of values that people hold dear and can relate to.

FRA, the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe, and the Council of Europe invite you to discuss with FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty, Ambassador Meglena Kuneva, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Dunja Mijatović and other key experts the challenges on communicating rights in increasing complex situations in order to find different ways of framing and explaining human rights. After introducing the topic, case studies will be presented with active audience participation.


Council of Europe, Room 13
528 Avenue de l'Europe


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