The erosion of fundamental rights protection due to the economic crisis, challenges to the rule of law in some Member States and the revelations of mass surveillance programmes have all challenged trust in democratic institutions. To mark today’s International Day of Democracy, FRA points to the role better fundamental rights protection can play in rebuilding trust in democratic processes and bodies.
FRA’s report on violence against women, which surveyed 42,000 women throughout the EU Member States about their experiences of gender-based violence, will form the basis of a number of key presentations in the coming weeks and months.
Human rights and respect for human dignity remain values that matter most to European citizens, and work to improve fundamental rights safeguards must therefore continue, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum told a joint debate on fundamental rights at the European Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 4 September.
In advance of the first comprehensive assessment of victim support services throughout the EU, to be published later this year in an in-depth report, FRA is making some of its comparative tables and maps available on its website.
As this year’s International Youth Day focuses on youth and mental health, FRA points to the need to address mental health issues from an early age. This will better prepare young people for employment and inclusion in the community by tackling the stigma and discrimination that many face during their formative years.