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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.

Manfred Nowak publishes his new book "Human Rights or Global Capitalism: The Limits of Privatization"

"Human Rights or Global Capitalism" by Manfred Nowak

"Human Rights or Global Capitalism: The Limtis of Privitization" examines the application of neoliberal policies from a human rights perspective and asks whether states, by outsourcing to the private sector many services with a direct impact on humna rights, abdicate their responsibilities to uphold human rights and violate international law. 

Legal Protection Against Discrimination in South East Europe

Legal Protection Against Discrimination in South East Europe

Anti-discrimination is anchored in the constitution of the South East European (SEE) countries and is expressed in their substantive law. SEE countries are faced to reaffirm the strong focus on the principle of "fundamentals first" and to prioritise reforms in the key areas of rule of law, including fighting discrimination. Nevertheless the enforcement of anti-discrimination legislation in practice in SEE countries is not on satisfactory level due to many complex reasons behind.