There has been a lot going on at LBI of Fundamental and Human Rights. We are delighted about the exciting tasks that Karin Lukas and Helmut Sax have been taking on. We furthermore present our new colleagues (welcome!), projects, videos and publications.
On 24 September 2020, the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft signed a partnership agreement for the joint continuation of our institute and settled the new name "Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights" (LBI-GMR). We are delighted that the strong cooperation with our partners is continuously thriving!
What happens at BIM in summer? We are planning two Human Rights Talks on Hate Speech (Keynote: Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues) and on Covid-19 & Human Rights (Keynote: Dunja Mijatović, Europe Commissioner for Human Rights) and are working on new, exciting research projects.
The efforts to tackle SARS-CoV-2 affect our everyday lives and raise various human rights issues. The experts of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) are contributing their expertise to the public debate and have been answering several media inquiries during the past weeks. For our non-German speaking readers we recommend the article "Expelled from Humanity: Reflections on M.N. and Others v. Belgium" by BIM researcher Adel-Naim Reyhani.
How do the corona virus and the related measures impact the mental health of our society and each individual? Which population groups are particularly affected and what responses are needed? To generate knowledge on these questions, the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft has launched the initiative „Reden Sie mit! Was macht Corona mit unserer psychischen Gesundheit?“ (Let's talk! What does Corona do to our mental health?). The first phase (May 5 to 22) will focus on education and corona.
The current situation is demanding for each and every one of us, not just in terms of our discipline and patience, but also of our readiness to accept restrictions of our fundamental rights and personal liberty. Read the statement by our Scientific Director Michael Lysander Fremuth. BIM experts also dealt with the topic of asylum and the situation in Austrian prisons during the pandemic.