Many Member States fail the migrant victims of torture and trauma by not having systems in place to recognise the ordeals they have suffered and support them on arrival. Such trauma if left untreated can scar them and their families for life, and may lead to suicide. These are some of the findings from the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights concerns in selected EU Member States. It examines how victims are being handled by national authorities to highlight how to best offer them the protection they are entitled to.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex (LGBTI) persons still face everyday discrimination, hatred and violence despite a number of positive developments in recent years, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty told a conference on LGBTIQ equality in Malta today (23 February).
Children involved in court proceedings often feel scared, ignored, and ill-informed, as a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. By asking children across different EU Member States about their experiences and views, this ground-breaking report shows how far we still have to go to make our justice systems child-friendly.
The FRA Director warned that the EU is a community of values under threat, during a conference on refugees organised by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and the Holy See. He cited the example of Europe’s inadequate response to the migration crisis with compassion, generosity and wisdom. “Our societies struggle to identify actions that are adequate to the task and that are respectful of the rights of all concerned,” he said. However, “I believe that the Human Rights system we have constructed is resilient and will provide the answers we need,” he added in concluding the conference.
The Agency met the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission to explore providing regular policy advice to EU Institutions and how best to assess and increase the capacities at the national, regional and local authorities in the implementation of fundamental rights.