Fundamental Rights in the EU

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) recently published ‘Fundamental Rights: challenges and achievements in 2014 – Annual Report 2014’. The Report explores the 2014 challenges and advancements in the area of fundamental rights in 2014, while also providing a concrete and comparative analysis on the fundamental rights situations in the 28 EU Member States.

FRA notes that the EU and its Member States have taken various important steps in order protect and promote fundamental rights, whilst also emphasising the worrying frequency of fundamental rights violations that occurred throughout the year.

The Report begins with a focus section, wherein it examines the benefits of a rights-based indicator framework in order to further guarantee that fundamental rights are respected and upheld within the European Union in both theory and practice.

Other chapters discuss equality and non-discrimination, racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, Roma integration, asylum, borders, immigration and integration, information society, privacy and data protection, rights of the child, access to justice including the rights of victims of crime, and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and its use within Member States.

As Malta member of the FRANET Team, we are extremely proud to have contributed to this report by conducting and compiling the research and data relevant to our national scenario. We look forward to using the document in our advocacy activities, within a spirit of improving the quality of fundamental rights enjoyment by all persons in Malta.

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