On Wed, 21 Feb. 2018 there was a press conference on the human rights situation in Turkey and the handling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The comments of Veysel Ok (lawyer), Hannes Tretter (BIM), Ceren Uysal (BIM) and Friedrich Forsthuber (Österreichische Richtervereinigung) can be found in the following article on standard.at.
Fundamental and Human Rights general
From 20-24 November 2017, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights welcomed a 10-person study visit delegation from the office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsperson) in Vienna. The visit took place within the framework of the on-going Twinning project “Strengthening the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights”, in which the BIM is the Austrian partner institution.
On the 5th, December 2017 the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights received wonderful news from the president of the Legal Committee LAMBDA (RKL), Dr. Helmut Gaupner:
We won, by all terms! The Austrian Constitutional Court just
a) opened up marriage for same-gender couples and
b) opened up registered partnership for opposite-gender couples
(both from 1 January 2019)
The Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna, the Vienna Board of Education and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights with polis – the Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools offer four school classes the opportunity to experience a varied half-day on the topic of human rights.
Moderation: Patricia Hladschik (polis – the Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools)
The formal closing event in Rabat on 8 September 2017 acknowledged a 28-month cooperation with the Moroccan Interministerial Delegation for Human Rights (Délégation Interministérielle aux Droits de l’Homme, DIDH).
The First Vienna Protest Walk is already preparing for the commemorative year 2018 and offers from 20 November 2017 two new stations funded by the Ministry of Education: The already existing station on the right to vote is extended by a chapter on women's suffrage and a new station is dedicated to the history and importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The opening will take place on 20 November with the 6D class of AHS Rahlgasse. From this day on, information about the new stations is available online (in German).
Based on the research project „FRAME – Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies“, the Centre for Global Governance Studies at the University of Leuven (Belgium) offers the FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) The EU and Human Rights for the third time as of October 2017.
The first International Symposium of Human Rights will take place from the 9th to 12th November and will be organized by Bewusstseinsregion. The Symposium will take a closer look at how human rights arose and what meaning they have for our society. Examples will show, where these rights are endangered and underminded.
On 23 June 2017, the Human Rights Advisory Board in Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights organised a round table on “Common Efforts of State Bodies and Civil Society for Torture Prevention”, which took place in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the EU Project “Promotion of Rule of Law in Kyrgyzstan”, the round table aimed at discussing obstacles related to the prevention of torture and at considering the role of state bodies and civil society actors in their efforts to respond to torture allegations not only individually, but also in a coordinated way.
With a high-rank conference at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts in Brussels, the four-year EU research project FRAME celebrated its formal completion on 26 April 2017. Taking a broad approach, FRAME has analyzed the promotion of human rights in all areas of EU external and internal policies and has developed detailed policy recommendations.