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.
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The representatives of the partner organisations (Associazione Antigone, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Hungarian Helsinki Committee and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) evaluate the past and plan the upcoming project year.
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.
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 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?
Within the scope of the project „Towards harmonised detention standards in the EU – the role of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM)” the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights organised a workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria (18th and 19th of November 2019), in cooperation with its project partner the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee.
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.