The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published its annual report on the protection of fundamental rights in the EU Member States. The Fundamental Rights Report 2018 explores the main developments of 2017 in the following specific areas: equality and non-discrimination; racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; Roma integration; asylum, borders and migration; information society, privacy and data protection; rights of the child; access to justice, including rights of crime victims; and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In addition, the Fundamental Rights Report 2018 dedicates its focus chapter to equal treatment for older people and respect for their fundamental rights. According to the report, a human rights-based approach towards respect for older people is starting to happen. However, the report advises against a one-size-fits-all approach and underlines the need to broaden protection against discrimination on the grounds of age.
The researchers at the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University have contributed to the Fundamental Rights Report 2018 by providing relevant data to FRA on fundamental rights issues in Finland in 2017. The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University, together with the Finnish League for Human Rights, currently form the national focal point of FRA’s multidisciplinary research network, FRANET.