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.
The Agency and the Committee of the Regions held their 8th Annual Dialogue in Brussels on 24 November.
The Agency recently contributed to two training seminars on European safeguards and instruments for child-friendly justice.
The Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child is now available in Croatian, Estonian, Slovenian and Spanish.
Europe’s current migration situation is placing large numbers of children at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. To mark the second European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse on 18 November, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights calls on the EU and its Member States to ensure adequate and effective safeguards are erected to help put an end to children becoming victims of traffickers and abusers.
SOS Children Villages held a conference in Paris on 9 November on children’s rights in alternative care.
The Ombudsperson’s Office of the Republic of Latvia held two seminars to present the Latvian version of the Handbook of European Law relating to the Rights of the Child in Riga on 28 October.