IT systems can help trace missing migrant children and combat identity theft. But there are also significant risks to people’s fundamental rights, for instance not being fairly treated within the asylum procedure. So finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in a new report. As authorities increasingly rely on these systems, the report suggests ways to better defend the rights of those affected.
Migrants at border crossings face being turned back in a number of Member States without the chance to exercise their right to asylum, finds the Agency’s latest report on migration-related fundamental rights issues. Pushbacks and cases of people being returned to where they risk persecution are just some of the challenges facing migrants when trying to enter or travel through the EU.
On 5 and 6 March in Brussels, the Agency presented its reflections on how to improve communication and awareness raising work on human rights during the seminar Telling Europe’s migration stories: framing messages around solutions.
Too many women everywhere still regularly face discrimination, harassment and violence in their daily lives over 20 years after governments from around the world committed to achieving gender equality and empowering women. On International Women’s Day, FRA calls for renewed focus to help honour those far ranging commitments made in Beijing 1995 at the UN’s World Conference on Women.
The Agency’s Director, Michael O’Flaherty, presented FRA’s work priorities for this year to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in Brussels on 20 February, as it does each year.