The ‚Long day of flight’ takes place this year already for the fifth time – many events relating tot he topic off light and asylum will be offered in all nine provinces. Since the last ‘Long Day of Flight’ in 2015 many things happened. One year ago a very big number of people seeking protection came to Austria. Even though most only transited Austria, in 2015 approx. 89,000 persons filed an application for international protection in Austria – which amounts to a triplication of applications compared to 2014. While the prevailing mood vis-à-vis the arriving protection seekers was in the beginning positive, today – one year later – this has changed. Very often the phrase: ‘Enough is enough!’ is heard.

Projekt Human Rights in Business [Logo]

On 8 September 2016, the final conference of the project ‘Human Rights in Business’ took place. The research project, coordinated by Globernance Institute for Democratic Governance in Bilbao, explored judicial and non-judicial remedies within the EU to hold companies domiciled in a Member State liable for human rights violations for which they or their subcontractors are responsible, wherever the damage might have occurred. It hereby wants to answer the question how parties concerned by human rights violations, may they directly or indirectly be caused by corporate actions, are able to receive judicial remedy and compensation. Julia Planitzer, senior researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, presented the results of her work regarding Non-Judicial Remedies: Company-Based Grievance Mechanisms and International Arbitration in Brussels.

At its annual conference on 2-3 September 2016 the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) expressed its deep concern about the actions and threats of actions of an increasing number of States to restrain and even foreclose academic freedom.

Judicial cooperation within the European Union (EU) has for a long time primarily focused on facilitating prosecution. Procedural rights of suspects and accused were often neglected although they often differ substantially among EU-member countries which poses a range of human rights challenges. The EU has therefore been striving to achieve common minimum standards for procedural rights in criminal proceedings which should ensure the rights of suspects and accused and enhance mutual trust among member countries.

Does Torture Prevention work?

A comparative study recently published by Richard Carver and Lisa Handley and overall involving more than 20 researchers and covering a 30-year period (1984-2014) provides solid evidence that the risk of torture decreases when preventive measures are in place.

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