Last year was not a good year for fundamental rights, asserted Michael O’Flaherty, FRA’s Director, when presenting the key findings of the Agency’s Fundamental Rights Report 2016 in Paris at the Sciences Po University on 19 September. He spoke of the erosion of rights evidenced in the report and outlined possible ways forward.
Refugee and migrant families risk being split up during the journey to the EU. Over a third of new arrivals in the past year were children, who often arrive unaccompanied as they become separated from their family. The latest FRA summary report on migration-related fundamental rights throws the spotlight on how the present situation is affecting family tracing and reunification.
On 6 September, the Agency took part in discussions during a seminar organised by the Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland on the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Europe of values is under threat. Respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law are being challenged. Citizenship education holds the key to unlocking a fully inclusive and participatory society, if democracy is to flourish not falter, says the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, marking International Day of Democracy on 15 September.