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New publication on corporate liability and trafficking in human beings out now

(c) Global Policy Volume 8, Issue 4, November 2017

Julia Planitzer and Nora Katona have published their paper on “Criminal Liability of Cooperations for Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation” in the November issue of Global Policy.

The paper holds that legal instruments at the European level, such as the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, clearly define that States have an obligation to establish corporate liability for trafficking in human beings (THB). However, upon closer look at national legislation in Europe, one recognises that the norms within this framework are not being enforced to their fullest extent.

KYRGYZSTAN: Strengthening the fight against torture and impunity in Kyrgyzstan: Prevention, Accountability, Remedy and Reparation

The project is a response to the call of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment (UNSRT) to assist Kyrgyzstan with technical expertise in its fight against torture and ill-treatment, and requests made by Kyrgyz civil society organisations for more support from international torture prevention experts. The Government of Kyrgyzstan has in recent years reaffirmed its commitment to bring the justice and law enforcement systems up to international standards in respect of the provisions of the international human rights regime, and to eradicate torture in the country. Torture and ill-treatment remains, however, a widespread phenomenon in Kyrgyzstan, as also observed by the UNSRT Juan Méndez during his visits to the country in 2011 and 2012.

Children’s Rights Behind Bars: National Report Austria

In the framework of the project "Children’s Rights Behind Bars", a series of national reports were written in fifteen European countries on the existence and the functioning of monitoring and complaints mechanisms for juveniles in detention.

At the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Helmut Sax (team: children's rights, women's rights and human trafficking), Tamara Majnek and Tiphanie Crittin (team: Human Dignity and Public Security) carried out the research and wrote the report on the situation in Austria.