Joint Statement to the European Committee on Legal Co-Operation of the Council of Europe on the codification of European Rules for the Conditions of Administrative Detention of Migrants
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights issued its statement on a draft proposed to amend the Austrian asylum and migration law in specifically sensitive areas. The focus of the analysis lies on the human rights dimension of the proposal. The draft amendments are designed to implement a regime that provides the means for restricting the right to liberty of individuals seeking protection in Austria throughout the entire asylum and return procedure. Substantial questions regarding the conformity with international and European human rights law remain unanswered, while some provisions, such as on coercive detention in return proceedings, would even blatantly contravene EU law. In this light, the BIM declares itself against the adoption of this proposal.
In this BIM position, we address the question of differentiation on the basis of nationality from a fundamental and human rights perspective, using the example of the current proposal to grant asylum seekers from certain countries a legal entitlement to German language courses. For this purpose, we examine the significance of German classes for asylum seekers as well as the case-by-case nature of the asylum procedure.
The work of BIM can be divided into four areas: Basic research, applied research, education and teaching and consultancy and training. We do not work in all four areas in each of our key areas. However, it is important to us to install a translational research cycle for selected research questions. In our case, this means to carry out targeted basic research at the interface to applied research in order to make the results applicable to practice and to achieve a societal benefit.
Persons with Disabilities – Experiences with Violence and Discrimination
On 3rd December 2016, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we set a focus on experiences of violence and discrimination against persons with disabilities, who fled and seek protection in Europe.
So far only few studies exist, such as the one of FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency), of Handicap International and Help Age International and the University of Sydney, that are dealing with the specific situation of persons with disabilities on the move.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights is very proud to announce that we are now part of the International Detention Coalition (IDC).
The IDC is an international network of non-governmental organisations, faith-based groups, academics and practitioners that share a commitment to working with and on behalf of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention.
Attached you will find the presentation by Hannes Tretter given for the master's programme European Law at Schloss Neuhofen on 7 October 2016. Hannes Tretter covers the international and national refugee law and analyses the collapse of the asylum system in 2015 as well as the response of the European Union in facing this challenge. Please note that the presentation is only available in german.
Please find below the BIM statement on the so called "state of emergency" ordinance of the Austrian governement which is currently under assessment.
Panel Discussion with Petra Dannecker, Manfred Nowak, Hedwig Riegler and Helene Unterguggenberger.