Many millions of people each year fall victim to crime and need support. European Day for Victims of Crime is a time to underline the urgent need to properly protect victims’ rights and ensure they receive the support they need to fully and actively participate in criminal proceedings, says FRA.
Boosting security in Europe by exchanging criminal record information about non-EU nationals is not without drawbacks, as FRA’s latest Opinion shows. While it could offer non-nationals proof of a clean criminal record, FRA points to the need to build in respect for privacy, for child rights and to protect personal data whilst ensuring potential victims have access to justice.
On 10 December in Brussels, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee gathered experts from the European Commission, FRA, the Council of Europe and the Bingham Centre for a hearing on how to best monitor democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.
On 8 December, FRA took part in a conference in Paris organised by the Defender of Rights of France and the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet) on ‘Equality bodies and the new freedom of movement directive – challenge or opportunity?’.
FRA presented the preliminary findings from its research into the fundamental rights aspects of three Framework Decisions in the area of pre- and post-trial detention, and issues related to the transfer of prisoners at a conference on 24 September.
Despite access to justice being a core fundamental right, barriers prevent many from exercising this legal right. European Day of Justice on 25 October serves to remind us of the need to improve access to justice and raise awareness of the key role this right plays in itself and in enabling other rights to be claimed.