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.
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 director of the Research Centre Manfred Nowak closely worked with the deputy-directors Christina Binder and Hannes Tretter. The Research Centre assembled 15 academics of five faculties of the University of Vienna with the purpose of strengthening the interdisciplinary research on the topic of human rights.
The term of the Research Centre Human Rights ended on 30 June 2018. The BIM will continue the good collaboration with the University of Vienna and will re-define its shape over the coming months.
Link to the Research Centre: http://human-rights.univie.ac.at
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.
What does human rights-coherent drug policy look like; which concrete steps are being taken towards such policies in Austria; and what can support progress towards such policy?
- Katharina Beclin (Institut für Strafrecht und Kriminologie, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Wien)
- Roland Reithofer (Suchthilfe)
- Rainer Schmid (checkit!)
- Stefan Schumann (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
- Toni Straka (Hanf Institut)
- Moderation: Manfred Nowak
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The recent debate about minimum income benefits or 'Mindestsicherung' in Austria, and indeed the questioning of social security systems across Europe, showcases the feeling of unease that accompanies an increasing number of people in so-called social welfare states, having to rely on benefits to get by.