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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) publishes its annual report

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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) publishes its annual report on challenges and achievements in the field of fundamental rights in 2012. It is accompanied by the agency’s annual activity report of its activities and achievements in the same year.

The annual report provides in-depth evidence and analysis of fundamental rights developments in the European Union, its Member States and Croatia. It looks at fundamental rights‑related developments in asylum, immigration and integration; border control and visa policy; information society and data protection; the rights of the child and protection of children; equality and non‑discrimination; racism and ethnic discrimination; participation of EU citizens in the Union’s democratic functioning; access to efficient and independent justice; and rights of crime victims.

This year, the annual report has a special focus on how European values are being tested and what must be done to safeguard fundamental rights in these times of crisis. It considers the impact on the rule of law, as well as what some EU Member States are doing to ensure trust in their justice systems.

FRA | Annual Report 2012

APAV featured on PICUM’s website

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PICUM – Plataform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants published in its website an article written by Juliana Moya, manager of APAV’s Support Unit for Migrant Victims and Victims of Racial and Ethnical Discrimination (UAVIDRE), regarding the Portuguese law of Entry, Stay, Exit and Removal of Foreigners of the National Territory (Law nº 23/2007), that was recently modified by Law nº 29/2012.

The article goes through the legal provisions concerning the rights of undocumented migrants in Portugal, specially the ones who are victims of crime and the obstacles they face to access their rights.

To read the whole article, go to http://picum.org/en/news/blog/41568/.

Seminar Infovictims: The Right of Victims of Crime to Information | September 23rd/24th | Lisbon

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One of the worst obstacles that victims of crime still face across Europe is the lack of information available to them, which may lead to a general unawareness on how to exercise their rights.

Based on this concern the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) is now developing the Project Infovictims, which aims to contribute to increase the information to victims of crime about the criminal justice system, their rights and ways to exercise them.

Within this Project, APAV will promote the Seminar Infovictims - The Right of Victims of Crime to Information, September 23rd and 24th, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

The Seminar will focus on cross-cutting issues in the field of victims rights, with special emphasis on the right to information and the challenges it brings up to the judicial and police authorities, at a national and European level.

[Update: Registration closed.]

www.apav.pt/infovictims

The Project Infovictims is promoted by the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) and co-financed by the European Commission under the Programme Criminal Justice Directorate-General Justice, and developed in partnership with the Victim Support Europe, Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority (Sweden), Bily Kruh Bezpeci (Czech Republic) and Weisser Ring Austria.

Victim Support Europe Conference in Edinburgh

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The annual conference of Victim Support Europe was held in Edinburgh, on 30 and 31 May, in co-organization with Victim Support Scotland. This event had the support of the Directorate General for Justice of the European Commission and was focused on the theme "Supporting Victims of Crime in Europe". The conference was attended by a large panel of speakers from various European countries and the United States, including the presence of HRH Princess Anne of Edinburgh, having gathered over 150 participants from about 28 countries in Europe. There were two days of intense work and exchange of knowledge, experiences and reflection on the current support for the victim of crime in Europe.

Following the invitation of Victim Support Europe, APAV presented two communications in plenary sessions by João Lázaro, the chairman of APAV and Vice President of Victim Support Europe (Victim Support Leaders 'perspective and Next Steps in Progressing Victims' Rights), and four workshops presentations (Right to Information, by Frederico Moyano Marques; Support to victims of trafficking - the portuguese experience, by Juliana Moya; Anti-bullying project and Young Victims, by Carmen Rasquete).

The conference was a success, and the delegation of APAV actively participated in the exchange of experience, networking and contacts.

Programme: http://www.vseconference.org/programme


Photos: Victim Support Europe

APAV as a Case Study at a Conference in Latvia

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With the mission to put in place the protection and support given to victims of crime in Latvian public policy, PROVIDUS – the Center for Public Policy – hosted in Riga the conference, “Substantial Support for Victims: Towards a Holistic Response to Crime, Latvia and Beyond” between February 21 and 22, 2013.

The conference urged the European Union authorities to ensure that the minimum standards of the rights of victims of crime reflect the new Directive, as well as to find a model of victim support for Latvia that involves a collaboration between responsible authorities and professionals in the country, which continues to see the marginalisation of victims of crimes whose rights and resources are outdated.

The conference asked for a formal execution of the Directive 2012/29/EU as to develop a systematic approach to ensure the adequate and effective exercising of rights, support and protection of victims of crime in Latvia.

APAV was selected as a case study and was invited to present their model of victim support used in Portugal and illustrate the Portuguese reality under the talk, “Make It Happen for Victims of Crime in Portugal.”