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Handbook: Dignity at Trial

Handbook

Persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups of suspects in criminal proceedings. If they come into conflict with the law, they face a particularly high risk of not experiencing a fair trial. In many cases, their vulnerability due to their illness or disability is not identified in due time or not considered. Their procedural rights, particularly their right to information, their right to access a lawyer, and their right to medical assistance, in particular during deprivation of liberty, are often not adequately ensured.

The Handbook “Dignity at Trial”, which was elaborated during a two year pilot research project (2016-2018) assessing the implementation of the EC Recommendation on safeguards for vulnerable persons suspected or accused in criminal proceedings (2013/C 378/02) draws on broader involvement of professional stakeholders and persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities who have undergone criminal proceedings.

Using Human Rights to Counter Terrorism

While providing a substantive legal analysis of the links between human rights and counter-terrorism, this book provides the tools to successfully argue that a human rights approach does not undermine the fight against terrorism. Through practical examples, it shows that a State’s lack of respect for human rights hinders its fight against terrorism and can be counter-productive. The contributing experts represent a wide breadth of experience at the national and international levels, and bring their unique approach to each cross-cutting topic.
 

More Human Rights in the Rare Minerals Supply Chain: Duty of Care – Trade Policy – Public Procurement

More Human Rights in the Rare Minerals Supply Chain: Duty of Care – Trade Policy –  Public Procurement

Rare minerals are key ingredients of industrial production. Their extraction is finite, but the demand for them rises constantly. The provision of rare minerals are high on the political agenda of the European Union and Austria. However, the extraction of such minerals is often connected with massive negative social and environmental consequences. The report  "More Human Rights in the Rare Minerals Supply Chain" analyses several mechanisms of human rights protection in minerals extraction.

State of Emergency in Turkey: Every number that goes into the records is a human life!

Menschenrechtsbefund 2017

Our guest researcher Ceren Uysal contributed the article "State of Emergency in Turkey: Every number that goes into the records is a human life!" to the Human Rights Report 2017 by the Austrian League of Human Rights, in which she highlighted human rights implications of the state of emergency in force in Turkey since 21 July 2016.

The Human Rights Report 2017 is available for download below. For further information on the Austrian League of Human Rights, please visit their website (in German).

Criminal Liability of Cooperations for Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation

(c) Global Policy Volume 8, Issue 4, November 2017

Julia Planitzer and Nora Katona have published their paper on “Criminal Liability of Cooperations for Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation” in the November issue of Global Policy.

The paper holds that legal instruments at the European level, such as the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, clearly define that States have an obligation to establish corporate liability for trafficking in human beings (THB). However, upon closer look at national legislation in Europe, one recognises that the norms within this framework are not being enforced to their fullest extent.

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.’

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