Human rights in an enlarged EU: what can people expect now?

By Dick Oosting, Director, Amnesty International EU Office in Brussels

The official accession to the European Union of ten new member states on 1 May ought to be good news for human rights. Protection of fundamental rights was a critical aspect of the accession process. Candidate countries were scrutinized for years to ensure that their laws and practices were brought in line with EU norms.

The reality is not quite so reassuring.

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