The findings of the Constitutional Court on the repetition of the Federal Presidential Election have brought to light problems in the Austrian electoral processes that have long been in need of a solution. As part of upcoming electoral reforms, some of which are enshrined in the new government agreement, future electoral rights reforms should also meet the recommendations of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), as well as including civil society.
Research Centre Human Rights
The inter-disciplinary Research Centre “Human Rights” was established as a subunit of the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna in May 2014. The Research Centre succeeded the Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context” after a six‐year period of successful interdisciplinary research in the field of human rights. The leader of the Research Centre Manfred Nowak closely works together with the deputy-leaders Christina Binder and Hannes Tretter.
The Research Centre assembles 15 academics of 10 departments of 5 faculties of the University of Vienna with the purpose of strengthening the interdisciplinary research on the topic of human rights.
The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS and the film series of the Research Centre Human Rights have taken place since 2009 in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.
Link to the Research Centre: http://human-rights.univie.ac.at
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.
Sandra Breiteneder (Bundeskanzleramt), Jelena Gučanin (Journalist), Barbara Unterlerchner (ZARA), Dina Nachbaur (Weisser Ring) und Maria Windhager (Lawyer), will discuss what the term cyber-violence encompasses, who it affects and how, and ways in which governments, schools, workplaces and individuals can deal with this phenomenon and ensure that women and girls can express themselves and their views in a safe, online environment.
Even ten years after the food crisis of 2007/08, news of famine has not abated. Despite small-scale farmers contributing disproportionately to world food production, their own human rights hang in the balance being. Small scale farmers, as a group, are at high risk of expulsion, land grabbing, hunger and malnutrition. The 2007 food crisis was caused by unsustainable agricultural and commercial policy, which is oriented towards profit maximisation, growth and industrialisation.
The involvement of the population in police work is a controversial topic. For some, it represents a significant contribution to increasing the sense of security of the inhabitants, an opportunity to make police work more democratic and participatory. Others, however, fear the softening of the state's monopoly of violence, which could promote whistle-blowing and the formation of neighbourhood watches. Which human rights perspectives and considerations are relevant to the implementation of community policing strategies and how can digital solutions promote them?
Y'en a marre - "We've had enough!" is a youth protest movement with an influence far beyond the Senegalese borders. Rap music and youth culture are at the heart of the movement against its former President Abdoulaye Wade and serve as a powerful voice against a corrupt political system. Demonstrations, concerts, meetings, campaigns, arrests - as a close companion of the protagonists, filmmaker Rama Thiaw intimately documents the movement's hopeful and seminal path of resistance in a country where two thirds of the population are under 25 and long for new beginnings.
Based on Ronald Deibert’s book of the same name, Nicholas de Pencier’s Black Code follows ‘internet sleuths’ from the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world exposing unprecedented levels of global digital espionage and revealing how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens.