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Preventive human rights monitoring in child and adolescent psychiatry and welfare institutions

Neuropsychiatrie 2/17

In their article, Ernst Berger and Caroline Paar offer an overview of the Austrian legal framework regarding monitoring visits to psychiatric hospitals or residential homes/groups for children and juveniles supervised by youth welfare services.

Under OPCAT, six commissions has been assigned with the mandate to visit places of detention as a preventive mechanism against torture and other forms of ill-treatment – to that effect, this includes the facilities mentioned above. The Authors discuss key issues of the monitoring process as well as the commission´s findings and recommendations.

European Yearbook on Human Rights 2017

European Yearbook on Human Rights 2017

With growing populism and further backlash against human rights defenders, 2016 saw a year of growing human rights challenges. Across 33 contributions in five sections, the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2017 explains and contextualizes key developments in human rights in the past year. With special sections dedicated to each of the three main organizations charged with securing human rights in Europe (EU, Council of Europe and OSCE), as well as a section on cross-cutting issues, the Yearbook provides much-needed analysis and insightful commentary.

The Future of Mutual Trust and the Prevention of Ill-treatment – Judicial cooperation and the Engagement of National Preventive Mechanisms

The Future of Mutual Trust and the Prevention of Ill-treatment – Judicial cooperation and the Engagement of National Preventive Mechanisms

On the 14th March 2017, the HUDI team at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, in conjunction with the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier completed a study entitled ‘The Future of Mutual Trust and the Prevention of Ill-treatment - Judicial cooperation and the Engagement of National Preventive Mechanisms.’

Human Rights in Business - Removal of Barriers to Access to Justice in the European Union

Human Rights in Business - Removal of Barriers to Access to Justice in the European Union

The EU-funded research project 'Human Rights in Business' 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. The project team formulated answers to 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.

BIM Position No. 9 | 2017: Zum Arbeitsprogramm der Regierung betreffend Fußfesseln für „Gefährder_innen“ sowie „Rückkehrzentren“

BIM Position No. 9: Zum Arbeitsprogramm der Regierung betreffend Fußfesseln für „Gefährder_innen“ sowie „Rückkehrzentren“

The Austrian government recently agreed on measures that involve direct interference with individuals’ rights to liberty. Amongst others, so called “Gefährder” (individuals considered to be a threat to public safety) and rejected asylum seekers are affected.

In this current BIM Position, we examine these measures from a human rights perspective, exploring the link between the rule of law principle and considerations of public security.

Corporate Accountability - The Role and Impact of Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanisms

Cover Corporate Accountability

Whilst many of us would agree that human rights are more important than corporate profits, the reality is often different; such realities as child labour and environmental destruction caused by corporate activities make this patently clear. Recognising that balancing human rights and business interests can be problematic, Corporate Accountability considers the limits of existing complaint mechanisms and examines non-judicial alternatives for conflict resolution.

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