Many individuals encounter discrimination every day in all areas of life: the employee who must put up with lewd remarks from her superior, the black youth who is rejected to enter a nightclub. a man in his fifties who does not get a job in spite of his above-average qualification, a wheelchair user who cannot do his banking, because there is no ramp to access the bank, or a homosexual or lesbian whose partner is excluded from benefiting from the insurance of his/her partner.
The team is currently focusing on the European and Austrian anti-discrimination and equal treatment policies. At the centre of our work are the two discrimination grounds ethnic belonging and religion. We study the legal and institutional framework, structural and individual discrimination, the public discourse, the jurisdiction and monitoring systems. We also deal with different groups affected by discrimination, such as autochthonous, ethnic or religious minorities, but also with positive action, diversity strategies and good practice examples that contribute to the achievement of equal opportunities.
We are working on establishing further expertise in the areas of multiple discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation, disability and age.
On 29 March 2012, Monika MAYRHOFER (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) presented the RED-Project within the framework of the HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: “Monitoring Racism.
At the talk, panellists Petja DIMITROVA (Artist), Josef KYTIR (Statistics Austria), Monika MAYRHOFER (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Claudia SCHÄFFER (ZARA-Civil Courage and Anti-Racism Work) and will discuss the role of monitoring and data collection as important methods and means of supporting the fight against racism today.
On 24.01.2012, the kick-off event for 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. Among others, Ambassador Paul Vandoren, Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Croatia, Mr Josip Leko, Vice-President of the Croatian Parliament, Mr Jurica Malčić, the Ombudsman, Mr Luka Mađerić, Head of the Government’s Office for Human Rights and Mr Hannes Tretter, scientific director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, and Barbara Liegl, Resident Twinning Adviser, gave a speech.
Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma / Romania, Switzerland, USA / 2011 / 93 mins / Romanian with English subtitles
Senior state officials, members of the diplomatic corps, prominent international experts as Hannes Tretter amd Ninoslav Mladenovic from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, scholars and human rights advocates from throughout Europe, the United States and Canada met in Danilovgrad, Montenegro from 2-5 September for the international conference on the rights of sexual minorities and European integration, entitled “Toward Europe, Toward Equality”.
Seminar for University Professors and law Lecturers
The principle of equality between women and men has been part of EU law since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. Since then, a considerable body of legislation has been adopted on matters such as equal treatment in employment and occupation, health protection in the context of maternity, parental leave or access to goods and services.