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Universal Periodic Review (UPR): 250 organisations report on the human rights situation in Austria

Under the leadership of the Österreichische Liga für Menschenrechte (Austrian League for Human Rights), 250 civil society organisations have written a supplementary report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council. The result shows a clear need for action: 150 complaints about the human rights situation were identified.

Universal Periodic Review (UPR): 250 organisations report on the human rights situation in Austria

Joint Submission Universal Periodic Review 2020

Under the leadership of the Österreichische Liga für Menschenrechte (Austrian League for Human Rights), 250 civil society organisations have written a supplementary report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council. The result shows a clear need for action: 150 complaints about the human rights situation were identified. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) contributed its expertise in the areas of defendant's rights, children's rights, asylum and penal rights.

Next Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights to be held in 2021

After a successfully implemented Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights in September 2019 in Ulcinj/Montenegro, we regret very much that we have to cancel the this year’s Academy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of next year we will inform about the application modalities for the Academy in September 2021 which will probably take place again in Montenegro.
 

The EU and Human Rights: Eamon Gilmore and Michael O'Flaherty in Conversation

The EU and Human Rights (c) FRA Konstantina Stavrou

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, Eamon Gilmore, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights, and Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, talked on “The EU and Human Rights” on December 10th, 2109. The event was organised by Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and supported by the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Publication: Human Rights Law and Evidence-Based Policy: The Impact of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency

Human Rights Law and Evidence-Based Policy

The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) was established to provide evidence-based policy advice to EU institutions and Member States. By blending social science research with traditional normative work, it aims to influence human rights policy processes through new ways of framing empirical realities. The contributors to this volume critically examine the experience of the Agency in its first decade, exploring FRA’s historical, political and legal foundations and its evolving record across major strands of EU fundamental rights.

“The EU and Human Rights – Eamon Gilmore and Michael O’Flaherty in Conversation”

EU and Human Rights

The European Union is a key actor in the field of human rights, setting global standards for policy-making and implementation. Yet, the EU faces a variety of human rights-related challenges both internally and externally, be it in terms of asylum law, the freedom of speech or social, cultural and economic rights. How are these and other issues connected to changes in the political landscape, and how can we address them in order to strengthen human rights in Europe, in the European Neighbourhood, and elsewhere?

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Haus der EU, Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien

International Criminal Law: CORE (Centre for the Observation of the Rome Statute in the European Union)

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted in 1998. It's aim is to make it possible for those responsible for the most serious human rights crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression) to be prosecuted. However, the balance sheet after two decades is sobering: the national law enforcement agencies of the EU states — all signatories to the statute — are barely involved in persecuting the most serious human rights crimes, although they are obliged to do so and the ICC is not responsible for either Iraq or Syria.

Closing event of the Twinning project “Strengthening the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights” in Kiev, Ukraine

Participants at the closing conference (c) Austrian Embassy Kiev

Since its creation 20 years ago, the Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights has been working towards an enhanced cooperation between the EU and Ukraine in the fields of justice, freedom and security with the aim of reinforcing the rule of law.

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