No child should suffer violence, abuse or exploitation. Children have the same right to protection and care as adults. As fully-fledged rights holders, this is non-negotiable. Today, the International Day for the Protection of Children, is the perfect time to reaffirm this.
The erosion of fundamental rights in such areas as asylum and migration, child rights, racism and data protection was a cause of concern in 2015, said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty while presenting the Agency’s Fundamental Rights Report at the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 30 May.
Over one million people sought refuge in the EU in 2015, a fivefold increase from the year before. In its Fundamental Rights Report 2016, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) examines the scale and nature of the challenge and proposes measures to ensure fundamental rights are respected across the EU.