For years the EU has struggled to achieve a Common European Asylum System (CEAS). By mid-July of this year all the CEAS guidelines should have been implemented in order to guarantee asylum seekers across Europe with the same minimum conditions for reception and care, access to asylum proceedings and the asylum decision making process. The reality of the situation looks startlingly different; Europe’s refugee policy is in a grave state of crisis.
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Als österreichisches Mitglied des Verwaltungsrats der EU Agentur für Grundrechte (FRA) lädt Manfred Nowak in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Haus der Europäischen Union herzlich zum diesjährigen FRA-Roundtable ein. Der Runde Tisch widmet sich, anlässlich der EU-weiten LGBT-Umfrage der FRA, die Erfahrungen von mehr als 93.000 LGBT- Personen aus der gesamten Europäischen Union zusammenführt, 2013 dem Thema "Die Situation von LGBT-Personen in Europa".
On the panel Margit Ammer (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Ruth Kronsteiner (Hemayat), Nadja Lorenz (Netzwerk Asylanwalt) and Thomas Wenzel (Psychiatrist) will discuss the situation of torture survivors in asylum procedures. The talk will be moderated by Irene Brickner (Der Standard). The event will be held in German!
Hundreds of thousands of refugees are stuck in limbo. They cannot go home because of war and persecution. Some end up in refugee camps that are unsafe and located near conflict areas for months, even years at a time. Others live in situations that leave them vulnerable, exposed to abuse or unable to access fundamental human rights. For some of these refugees, the only hope is to be accepted for resettlement by another country that will give them a chance to restart their lives in safety.
Legal experts of various anti-discrimination bodies and NGOs (including the Ombud for Equal Treatment, ZARA, the Litigation Association and the BIM) meet in Vienna once a month to discuss current legal issues and practices as well as cases that are heard by the courts or the Equal Treatment Commission.
The dialog with NGOs has taken place three times since the implementation of the EU Anti-Discrimination Directives in 2004, which clearly ask for the encouragement of such a dialog.
The Litigation Association was founded by the anti-racism NGO ZARA, BIZEPS – Independent Living Centre and the Homosexual Initiative (HOSI) Vienna in 2004. The BIM Research Association joined the organization in the spring of 2005. The Litigation Association is an umbrella NGO with 15 member organisations combating discrimination based on different grounds and in different areas.