Human rights in Stockholm

Morten Kjaerum, director of the EU Agency for Fundamental rights (FRA) Photo: Justine Balagadde

Last week Morten Kjaerum, director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental rights (FRA), came to Stockholm for two days to meet with ministers, officials and local NGOs working in the field of fundamental rights.

ENIL had the chance to meet with Morten twice during his visit. At first there was a meeting arranged in partnership with the Centre Against Racism. ENIL was represented through Erik Ljungberg, from the ENIL board, Johan Petersjö, a member of JAG and Kerstin Sellin, coordinator for ENIL activities in northern Europe.

AT the meeting Kerstin stressed that fine words cost nothing, but human rights must be paid for.

– To ratify the UN convention is free, but for accessibility and personal assistance you have to dedicate resources, she said.

Photo: Justine Balagadde

Later in the afternoon ENIL was exclusively invited as “FRA associates” to discuss possible future joint working on FRA related events in Sweden. Erik and Kerstin took part in this meeting, held at the ministry of enterprise.

As a part of the FRA advisory board, ENILs director Jamie Bolling was originally invited to the meetings but she was unable to attend.


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