EU rules essential to build trust in the EU’s area of justice are seldom invoked, potentially hindering the fair treatment of people involved in criminal proceedings. Two new reports from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) offer detailed guidance for the EU and its Member States to boost the effectivity of the criminal justice system.
On 8 November, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty took part in an exchange of views with the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee. He told the Committee about the Agency’s extensive research into severe labour exploitation of foreign workers in the EU.
Tens of thousands of Jewish businesses and over 200 synagogues were destroyed and hundreds of people murdered or driven to death on Kristallnacht, 9-10 November 1938. The antisemitic pogrom that these events were a part of sowed the seeds of the Holocaust. Its anniversary reminds us that complacency is not an option, as antisemitism continues to haunt Europe today.
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights deplores the shocking attack on Krassimir Kanev, a leading Bulgarian human rights defender. Two attackers assaulted the Chair of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and FRA Management Board member on 27 October outside his hotel in Sofia and then fled.
“We’ve established an impressive human rights framework in EU Member States. But now for the first time, that very system is being called into question – and that’s what is frightening,” said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty in a speech to the Institute for International and European Affairs in Dublin.