“FRANET is the multidisciplinary research network of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). It is composed of contractors in each EU Member State who, upon request, provide relevant data to FRA on fundamental rights issues, to facilitate the Agency’s comparative analyses. FRA started using FRANET services in October 2014.”
Since 2014 aditus foundation has been acting as national focal point for reporting to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). We have been gathering technical and detailed national human rights data and information, through desk-based research, and interviews with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and practitioners.
Our reports join those produced by the other FRANET members in the other EU Member States, to feed into FRA’s high quality comparative publications covering an extremely broad range of human rights themes. FRA is now also publishing the national reports we compile, in the form of Country studies.
Our Research Team, led by our Director, is composed of legal and social experts in various thematic areas.
So far, we have provided research input on the following themes:
‘Fundamental Rights: challenges and achievements in 2014 – Annual Report‘ | Terrorist attacks in Paris | Return/transfer of children at risk, who are EU nationals | Biometric data in large EU IT-systems in the areas of borders, visa and asylum | The right to interpretation and translation and the right to information in criminal proceedings | Fundamental rights issues in the context of border management and return | Migrants and their descendants: social inclusion and participation in society | Rehabilitation and mutual recognition in the context of transfer of persons sentenced or awaiting trial | The right to independent living of persons with disabilities | National intelligence authorities and surveillance | Migration detention of children | Age requirements in respect to the rights of the child | Access to justice for victims of crime | Protection of media professionals.
FRA’s publications provide useful references on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU, and are regularly used as a basis for national advocacy, policy- and law-making as also academic research.
For us, they are also key advocacy documents we use in our public education activities and in our dialogue with stakeholders in our efforts at strengthening fundamental rights in Malta.