The handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child aims to illustrate how European law and case law accommodate the specific interests and needs of children.
Today marks 30 years of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child – a landmark human rights treaty. It changed how adults view and treat children. But despite considerable progress in Europe, basic challenges, such as child poverty, remain.
On 14-15 November in Warsaw, FRA spoke during a panel of the closing conference of the ETUCE-led EU CONVINCE project (EU Common Values Inclusive Education).
Significant increase in arrivals in Greece, overcrowding of reception centres and violence against migrants at the borders are some of the fundamental rights concerns FRA identifies in its latest migration quarterly report. It also highlights the situation in the Mediterranean, where boats with migrants were still being forced to remain at sea, waiting for weeks or days until they were allowed to disembark.
FRA presented its focus paper on returning unaccompanied children and fundamental rights considerations to a workshop of the Intergovernmental Consultation on migration, asylum and refugees.
One in four children under 18 are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union – one of the world’s richest regions. But the promotion and protection of the rights of the child are one of the EU’s core objectives. On International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, FRA calls once again on the EU and its Member States, all parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to prioritise investment areas to reduce child poverty to the levels aspired to by the sustainable development goal (SDG 1) on poverty.
FRA took part in the second meeting of the European Guardianship Network in Glasgow on 23 and 24 September.
FRA was part of the European Commission’s Inter-Service Group on the Rights of the Child meeting that took place in Brussels on 12 September.
The European Asylum and Support Office (EASO) has released new guidance on receiving unaccompanied children that it developed in consultation with Member States and other actors, such as FRA.
On 12 December, the agency gave an online seminar, organised by the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, CEPOL, on ‘Interviewing children victims and witnesses of crime.’