The proposal to revise the rules governing the EU’s large-scale biometrics database, Eurodac, may jeopardise or enhance the rights of migrant children, suggests the latest Opinion from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). It examines the impact on children and suggests greater emphasis on child protection. It reveals how this particularly vulnerable group needs stronger child protection safeguards to ensure they are not coerced to give fingerprints, they understand what is happening to them and their right to asylum is not affected.
The Agency gave a presentation on the contribution of European standards to implementing the UN’s Child Rights Convention during a conference on the promotion of children’s rights and professional training, organised by Centro de Estudos para Intervenção Social (CESIS).
This year the Agency turns 10. To mark the occasion, a series of high profile events are planned, starting with the FRA 10 year symposium in late February in Vienna. This is to publicly acknowledge and give thanks to the host country that has greatly supported the Agency over the last ten years.
The lack of information and specific guidance for handling migrant children who are separated from their parents but travelling with other adults hampers efforts to properly protect such children from potential exploitation and abuse. This is one of the findings from the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights in selected EU Member States. It identifies what needs to be done to address the shortcomings in existing approaches and points to promising practices that could be used by other Member States.
We are living in troubled times, with mounting intolerance and disrespect for our fellow human beings eroding the respect for human rights that Europe has built up over centuries. Human Rights Day serves as a reminder of the need to stand up for universality of human rights.
Children in migration are still being detained 'for their own safety', but the conditions are often inadequate and leave children at risk. This was the view of FRA Director when addressing the European Commission’s 10th European Forum on the rights of the child in Brussels on 29 November.