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Research Centre for Human Rights

From February 2008 to April 2014 the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights was the co-ordinating institution for the research platform Human Rights in the European Context. Since May 2014 the platform has been transformed to the Research Centre for Human Rights. It assembles academics of 10 departments of the University of Vienna with the purpose of strengthening the inter-disciplinary research on the topic of Human Rights.

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Kenneth Clarke discussing with Manfred Nowak

At the talk on the 13th of February 2012, the British Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke put forward his planned reform for the European Court of Human Rights. Following Mr Clarke’s presentation, Kenneth Clarke and Manfred Nowak discussed whether such a reform would restrict European citizens gaining access to the Court and how the numerous pending applications to the Court should be dealt with. The audience members also took part in the lively debate.

CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: Screening of IT'S A GIRL (Austrian premiere)

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed and abandoned; female foetuses are aborted, simply because they are female. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls in the world today have “disappeared” because of this so-called “gendercide”. This is rooted in traditions which go back centuries and are sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, allow the continuation of these brutal practices. Shot on location in India and China, “It’s a Girl” reveals the truth of the situation.

Topkino, Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Wien

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Global Prison Crisis: Protecting Human Dignity”

In the context of the 20th anniversary of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, the Institute will hold a panel debate with experts from different parts of the world focusing on the evolving global prison crisis and its impact on the particularly vulnerable dignity of persons in places of deprived liberty. The expertise of the panel members will allow the presentation of the main areas of concern in the field of torture prevention in prisons as well as the illustration of best practice examples in various regions of the world.

“Alte Kapelle” – Institut für Ethik und Recht in der Medizin, Spitalgasse 2-4 (Hof 2.8), Campus, Altes AKH, 1090 Wien

Human Rights City Vienna

The Viennese city government decided in its governmental programme 2010 to emphasize human rights aspects within its agenda.

Thus, human rights expert Manfred Nowak, head of the Research Platform "Human Rights in the European Context, was commissioned with an analysis of the current situation and suggestions for a work programme 2014.

With this event the core results will be presented and the implementation process wil be started.

The presentation and panel discussion will be held in German.

Wappensaal, Rathaus