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Study: A new asylum policy for Europe?! Opting for a rights-based approach

A new asylum policy for Europe

The study, which was funded via the Call4Europe initiative of the crowdfunding platform, provides an overview of the international obligation to protect, an analysis of the EU asylum acquis and its deficiencies from a human rights perspective, presents current proposals for change and seeks to provide recommendations for steps towards a new asylum policy in and for Europe. Driven by a rights‘ based approach the study has intends to provide a counterbalance to the predominant discourse about irregular migration and asylum abuse.


Outputs of the FRAME project


The large-scale EU research project FRAME analyses the internal and external EU human rights policies and makes suggestions for the development and improvement of those policies.

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, the BIM contributed to a number of analytical reports.

The most recent publications co-authored by BIM researchers deal with the role of human rights in EU external action in the enlargement countries Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey; the effectiveness of EU human rights and democracy promotion in selected countries; the access for EU officials to human rights indicators and information; the role of National Human Rights Institutions.

Strengthening the effective implementation and follow-up of recommendations by torture monitoring bodies in the European Union

The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT), through its system of preventive monitoring of places of detention, provides State Parties with systematic observations and recommendations by the international UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT) and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) concerning the protection of persons deprived of their liberty against torture and other ill-treatment. Currently 20 NPMs carry out visits to places of detention in the EU.


European Yearbook on Human Rights 2015

Editor: Wolfgang Benedek / Florence Benoît-Rohmer / Matthias C. Kettemann / Benjamin Kneihs / Manfred Nowak

2014 was a year of transition and controversy in Europe: a new Parliament and new Commission were constituted and Opinion 2/13 of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the EU's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights raised serious questions about the coherence and future character of the human rights protection regimes in Europe.
Across 38 contributions by 61 authors in five sections, the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2015 explains and contextualizes key developments in human rights and provides much needed analysis.

Unaccompanied minors and refugees: Right to education in Austria

The new ÖGfE-Policy Brief (28/2015) was written by Monika Mayrhofer from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and focuses on barriers and omissions with regard to the right to education of unaccompanied minor refugees in Austria. The right to education is a fundamental human right, which is embedded in numerous international and European human rights documents ratified by Austria. In spite of these legal obligations unaccompanied minor refugees in Austria face multiple obstacles and – very often structural – forms of discrimination concerning their access to education.

Study on enhancing the impact of National Preventive Mechanisms

Enhancing impact of national preventive Mechanisms

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC) at the University of Bristol has conducted a large-scale research project, financed by the EU and co-financed by the Council of Europe and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, analysing the follow-up procedures of all National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM) in the EU. The research has revealed numerous good practices, yet also a lack of a strategic approach as well as weak coordination and cooperation with international mechanisms and institutions, notably the EU. The study provides the first collection of good practices of NPMs for the follow-up process and proposes ‘building blocks’ for the development of a follow-up strategy that can not only be used by NPMs but by all actors in the field of torture prevention.