Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2011
To secure and safeguard the fundamental rights of everyone in the European Union (EU), the EU and its 27 Member States pressed forward with a number of initiatives in 2011. The EU adopted key legislative and policy measures in, for example, the areas of victim protection, human trafficking and the integration of Roma, and, for the first time, was itself directly bound to an international human rights treaty – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Various EU Member States, among other steps, reformed their child protection systems and made efforts to combat violence against women and shorten the length of court proceedings.
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