On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna in June 1993, the Vienna+25 conference gathered experts from civil society and academia, national, regional and sub-regional human rights institutions as well as representatives from the local level in the Human Rights City of Vienna on 22 and 23 May 2018 to discuss current human rights challenges and elaborate recommendations how to tackle these challenges.
Fundamental and Human Rights general
In June 1993, the World Conference on Human Rights took place in Vienna with the participation of more than 10,000 representatives from 171 countries. The Conference was a big success for the development of human rights and after two weeks of discussions, it was crowned by the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA), which empowered the protection and promotion of human rights universally.
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.
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.