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Children's Rights

International Symposium – Childhood, Youth and Society IX

On 18th and 19th of April 2018 Helmut Sax (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) will be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at the International Symposium – Childhood, Youth and Society IX at the Festspielhaus Bregenz. He will be holding a keynote on the implementation of the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child from the perspective of young people and will join a panel discussion on "Why have childrens' rights? Visions and expectations from three countries"

Festspielhaus Bregenz, Symphonikerplatz

Children Deprived of Liberty - Manfred Nowak speaks at the UN General Assembly

Manfred Nowak at the UN General Assembly

In autumn 2016, Manfred Nowak, co-director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, was appointed as Independent Expert to lead the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly, on 10 October 2017, Manfred Nowak reiterated the importance of the Global Study in generating long-term change to improve the lives of children and ultimately reduce the number of children deprived of liberty. One core objective of the Global Study is to provide recommendations in order to better safeguard children´s rights and work in the best interest of the child. Thus, he called upon all UN member states to support and fund the Global Study to make sure that no child remains invisible.

Trafficking in Children and the Best Interests of the Child

 17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference (OSCE), Copyright: OSCE

At 03. und 04. of April already the 17th OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference takes place in Vienna. During panel 2 on 04.04. Helmut Sax will discuss Protection of children and best practise. Also he will present the annual GRETA-Report focusing trafficking of children.

For further information of this event see this link:

Neuer Saal, 2nd floor, Hofburg, Vienna

Strengthening juvenile justice systems in the counter-terrorism context: capacity-building and peer learning among stakeholders

In this project, which is led by the Belgian organisation International Juvenile Justice Observatory, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) acts as a national partner. Within the framework of this EU (DG justice) financed project, programs and measures for deradicalisation of juveniles within the juvenile justice sector - including programs for rehabilitation and resocialisation - are identified and analysed. The focus is on measures to support juveniles who came in conflict with the law.

N-O-W Conference Vienna 2017

Helmut Sax on the Panel on childrens rights at N-O-W Conference in Vienna, 2017, Photo-Credit: Rishabh Kaul / Act.Now

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute contributed to the International Mayors' Conference in Vienna on 30-31 January 2017. The motto of the conference was "Children under the Radar". Helmut Sax from the BIM was one of the participants of a panel on children's rights addressing the phenomena of child marriage and the way European countries are dealing with it, as an example for “parallel structures”.

Act.Now Conference: Children under the Radar

Now Vienna 2017

At the third International Mayors' Conference NOW international participants - from Libanon, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Germany and many further countries - will discuss the topic of displaced children for two days to identify central challenges and promising solutions.

The event is not open to the public. The conference results will be published in the following in a final report.

The BIM will be represented by Patricia Hladschik and Helmut Sax.


International Children´s Rights Day, 20 November 2016

Ausschnitt aus Umschlagbild polis aktuell 11/14 Kinderrechte

On 20 November 1989, the United Nations adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). 27 years later, the respect for and fulfillment of children´s rights are by no means self-evident. Violations of children’s rights do also occur in Austria. As long as children are victims of violence, as they do not share equal opportunities in the educational system and the rights of children who are refugees differ from the standards for „Austrian“ children, there is still a substantial need for action.

Child Trafficking Conference: Promoting the Human Rights and Best interests of Children in Transnational Child Protection Cases

Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings

At the 7 and 8 of December 2016, experts from the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) will meet in Stockholm for a conference on child trafficking and talk about „Promoting the Human Rights and Best interests of Children in Transnational Child Protection Cases".

Helmut Sax is a member of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) of the Council of Europe and will talk about the „Progress in developing an effective policy and practice against exploitation and trafficking of children".