Rising inequalities and harassment as fundamental rights protection falters

Many people across the EU risk being left behind, as growing intolerance and attacks on people’s fundamental rights continue to erode the considerable progress achieved to date, finds FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2019.

This year’s Fundamental Rights Report reflects on the developments and shortfalls of human rights protection in the EU over the past year. Ratification of the UN’s Disability Convention (CRPD) by 2018 of all EU Member States and the EU’s provisional agreement on the proposed European Accessibility Act were notable important milestones. Globally, the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals outline a blueprint for a better world of equality, justice, and peace. But to succeed, human rights need to be embedded within them as the report outlines in its focus section.

Other key issues identified include racial discrimination and harassment, refugee integration and child poverty.

The report summarises and analyses major human rights developments in the EU over 2018. It contains proposals for action covering the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter and its use by Member States; equality and non-discrimination; racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; Roma integration; asylum, borders and migration; information society, privacy and data protection; child rights; access to justice; and implementing the UN’s disability convention.