2013 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights which was held from 14 to 25 June 1993 in Vienna. On this occasion, the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, in cooperation with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) and the European Training and Research Centre for Democracy and Human Rights of the University of Graz (UNI-ETC) organizes a high-level expert conference on 27 and 28 June 2013. Details
On the 10th of June 2013, at the Austrian National Library, the Bruno Kreisky Human Rights Prizes have been awarded for the 15th time. This year the awards were given to Mazen Darwish from Syria, Dr.in Bogaletch Gebre from Ethiopia and Cecily Corti from Austria.
On 10.06.2013, on the eve of Croatia becoming the 28th member of the European Union, the final event of the Twinning project “Establishing a comprehensive system for anti-discrimination protection” took place in Zagreb at the premises of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia.
Hannes Tretter has been appointed, starting on 4th June 2013, as an Alternate Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna.
The Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights was recently established by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights – Research Association in Vienna in cooperation with the Faculties of Law and Political Science/Sociology of the Universities of Vienna and Podgorica/Montenegro, and bears the name of the main sponsor, the Hermann and Marianne Straniak Foundation. The Academy will take place for the first time from 8 to 21 September 2013 in the wonderful historic city of Budva on the Montenegrin coast.
Over 130 people followed the Invitation to the HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: “A Life on Hold – Refugee Resettlements in the EU”. Heinz Patzelt (Amnesty International), Bernhard Perchinig (Migration researcher), Charlotte Phillips (Refugee and Migrants' Rights Team, Amnesty International/ IS), Christoph Pinter (UNHCR), Marcin Pruss (European Commission). The event was organised in cooperation with Amnesty International Austria and the House of the EU.
In recent years, companies have faced ever-growing scrutiny of their human rights conduct. Some of them have been confronted with grave human rights allegations that led to years of litigation and public campaigns. The remedies for instances of corporate human rights violations have remained insufficient, however.