The documentary tells the story of Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian citizen, who has been held in Guantánamo Bay without charge since 2002. In 2008 he was cleared for release since 2008, but has remained in the detention camp until today. He continues to be held because of congressional legislation restricting the transfer of men from Guantánamo, and the White House’s failure to use the limited certification process established by the legislation to transfer detained men.
Research Centre Human Rights
The inter-disciplinary Research Centre “Human Rights” was established as a subunit of the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna in May 2014. The Research Centre succeeded the Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context” after a six‐year period of successful interdisciplinary research in the field of human rights.
The director of the Research Centre Manfred Nowak closely worked with the deputy-directors Christina Binder and Hannes Tretter. The Research Centre assembled 15 academics of five faculties of the University of Vienna with the purpose of strengthening the interdisciplinary research on the topic of human rights.
The term of the Research Centre Human Rights ended on 30 June 2018. The BIM will continue the good collaboration with the University of Vienna and will re-define its shape over the coming months.
Link to the Research Centre: http://human-rights.univie.ac.at
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.
We often encounter beggars in everyday life – mostly sitting quietly at the kerbside holding out a tin cup. This mere fact is often sufficient for the media and politics to talk about a “nuisance of beggary”. Meanwhile, federal states within Austria have adopted far-reaching laws, prohibiting begging. According to the jurisdiction of the Austrian Constitutional Court only begging “in silence” must remain permitted. Beggars who “organise themselves” or act “persistently”, although these ascriptions are not further defined, are guilty of an offence according to these laws.
The opening of the labour market for asylum seekers is regularly discussed in Austria. Recently, on the occasion of the demands of the European Refugee Movement that has formed up in several cities in Europe – including Vienna, in 2012.
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi / Iran and France / 2011 / 75 min / OmeU
Austria’s biggest Human Rights Film Festival this human world will take place for the fifth time from the 29th of November to the 9th of December 2012. As a long-standing cooperation partner, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) is proud to present a series of documentaries on key human rights issues within the framework of its film series CINEMA AND HUMAN RIGHTS.
All film screenings will be followed by panel discussions held in English with distinguished experts in the relevant fields.
Jörg Stippl / Bolivia / 45 min. / 2009 / OmeU