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Many individuals encounter discrimination every day in all areas of life: the employee who must put up with lewd remarks from her superior, the black youth who is refused entrance to a nightclub, a man in his fifties who does not get a job in spite of his above-average qualifications, a wheelchair user who cannot do his banking because there is no ramp to access the bank, or a homosexual or lesbian whose partner is excluded from benefiting from the insurance of his/her partner.

The team is currently focusing on the European and Austrian anti-discrimination and equal treatment policies. At the centre of our work are the two discrimination grounds, ethnic-belonging and religion. We study the legal and institutional frameworks, structural and individual discrimination, public discourse, and jurisdiction and monitoring systems. We also deal with different groups affected by discrimination, such as autochthonous, ethnic or religious minorities, but also with positive action, diversity strategies and good practice examples that contribute to the achievement of equal opportunities.

We are working on establishing further expertise in the areas of multiple discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation, disability and age.

FRANET - Data Collection and Research Services on Human Rights Issues (F-SE-17-T11), Lot 30 - EU and International level

The objective is to provide the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) with research related services on fundamental rights issues falling within FRA’s mandate and current work programmes. The scope of the work of Lot 30 covers services related to social, legal and policy analysis at EU and international level. The EU and international perspective is understood to encompass the United Nations (UN), the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union perspective.

Non-Discrimination in the context of dyslexia and dyscalculia

There are no statistics available on how many students in Austrian schools have to overcome barriers due to dyslexia or dyscalculia. There is no uniform legal regulation and therefore a lack in legal certainty for both handling the assessment of the performance of students struggling with dyslexia and dyscalculia and the implementation of measures compensating for disadvantages.

Study visit from Albanian human rights protection and anti-discrimination bodies to Vienna

Group Photo at the Austrian Ombudsman Board

From the 27th of February to the 1st of March of 2018, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights welcomed a 16-person delegation from Albania. The study visit took place within the context of the EU- Council of Europe Joint Program “Enhancing the effectiveness of the Albanian system of human rights protection and anti-discrimination”. Delegates from the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the People’s Advocate and the Council of Europe’s Project Team in Tirana participated in the activity.

Closing event of the EU Twinning project on anti-discrimination in Serbia

Speakers at the final event

On the occasion of the completion of the Twinning project „Support to the advancement of human rights and zero tolerance to discrimination“, the project closing event took place on 07 June 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia. Representatives of UN agencies and the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Serbian stakeholders including representatives of line ministries, National Councils of National Minorities, the Judicial Academy and Civil Society Organizations involved in the protection of human and minority rights attended this event.

We don’t discriminate! - Anti-discrimination Code of Conduct for Employers presented in Serbia

Conference participants

On 6 June 2017, an event titled “WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE! Conference on the occasion of the presentation of the Guidebook for Developing an Anti-discrimination Code of Conduct for Employers“ took place in Serbia. This conference was organized within the framework of the Twinning project “Support to the advancement of human rights and zero tolerance to discrimination“, and it is one of the elements that support the Serbian Commissioner for Protection of Equality (CPE) in increasing the effectiveness of her recommendations targeting employers who have been found to engage in discriminatory practices.

Successful completion of the training of trainers program by the staff of the Commissioner for Protection of Equality (CPE) in Serbia

Participants and trainers after the certification ceremony

On June 12th 2017, all 19 CPE staff members participating in the training of trainers program strengthening their competences and skills in handling cases as well as doing awareness raising and outreach work received their certificates.

Human Rights and Vulnerability: Conceptualization, Contestation and Resilience


As part of the FRAME-Project Monika Mayrhofer will attend a workshop on 'Human Rights and Vulnerability: Conceptualization, Contestation and Resilience' on 5 April 2017. She will present a paper on the topic: "Dismantling Vulnerability. The implicit racism and sexism of the vulnerability discourse in the human rights context".

Universität Utrecht, Domplein 29, 3512 JE Utrecht, Niederlande