Why could Vienna not become a centre for human rights issues? This would also be important for the social climate in Austria. After many experiences with the everyday problems of independent NGOs, we are aware of the extent to which their initiatives depend on efficient civil society infrastructure. That is why our foundation supports, among others, The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights through core financing.
In 2015, the Straniak Foundation decided to transform the project-based support of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights into a strategic partnership. The solid human rights work done by the BIM with its dedicated staff and the many years of expertise had us convinced. Together with the BIM, the Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights is making an important contribution towards strengthening democracy in Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
Heiner Bielefeldt, Institute for Human Rights, University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Within the international field of human rights the BIM plays a significant role. In its cooperation with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) it contributes essentially to the image of Vienna as a city of strong recognition for its human right profile throughout Europe.
Peter Filzmaier, University Professor at the Danube University Krems and the Karl-Franzens University of Graz
64 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unfortunately not even the rights to life, freedom and democracy are guaranteed, threatened as they are by ‘lex talionis’ and the eye for an eye principle. For this reason, not only humanistic thinking, but also the work of the BIM, which has been informing and educating society for 20 years, is more important than ever.
Jenny E. Goldschmidt, Director Netherlands Institute of Human Rights
For the Neterlands' Institute of Human Rights (SIM) at Utrecht University the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights is a source of academic inspiration and an excellent partner-institution.
Hemayat greatly values its cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights because it brings to light the plight of traumatised persons and the necessity of human rights. The BIM helps society to even understand that suffering which goes beyond words.
In order to ensure a higher level of Human Rights protection in Europe we need knowledge from different disciplines, we need experience from all continents and we need a creative outlook. BIM combines all this in a unique manner relevant for the everyday life of people. This is why BIM has been second to none in the Human Rights field for many years.
Morten Kjaerum is the new Head of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden.
Florian Klenk, Journalist, Viennese City Magazine Falter
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights is the most important Austrian think tank in the field of fundamental rights.
Helga Konrad, Executive Director of Anti-Trafficking, Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip)
The BIM’s uncompromising advocacy for the indivisibility of human rights, underpinned by qualified research, makes it an indispensable partner and a resource for all those who are socially and politically active. This has always been the case and continues to be so, not least in the fight against human trafficking. ‘Best of luck’ for the next 20 years!
Véronique Lerch, former Head of Liaison and Advocacy Department of SOS Children’s Villages International
Claudia Lingner, Managing Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft
The academic study of human rights is of great social relevance. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, as the major Austrian institute of human rights, contributes strongly to the objectives of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft whose mission statement is “Science for the People”.
Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, Judge, International Criminal Court, The Hague
The value of being associated with the Institute, over the years, has been its all inclusive and diverse approach to human rights. This is the Institute’s undoubted strength. I am very proud to be a friend to the Institute.
Ingrid Nikolay-Leitner, Head of Ombud for Equal Treatment
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) – one of the most significant partners in the realisation process of equal treatment, a fundamental right, in Austria.
Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer, former Managing Director of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
The ADA and the BIM have worked together for many years. The BIM is an invaluable partner for us in terms of integrating human rights into development work. Our work benefits considerably from its expertise; with regard to the development of strategic guidelines, the successful human rights-focused implementation of concrete programmes and projects, and the advanced training of our staff.
Anton Pelinka, political scientists
The BIM is known for its reliability in all areas of human rights: in the field of research as well as in the field of NGO. The BIM is the voice of human rights in Austria.
Wolfgang Petritsch, Permanent Representative of Austria to the OECD
Mit dem Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte verbindet mich eine langjährige persönliche Geschichte der fruchtbaren Zusammenarbeit, die in den 1990er Jahren nicht nur zur institutionellen parlamentarischen Verankerung der Menschenrechte, unter anderem der Einrichtung eines eigenen Ausschusses, geführt hat, sondern menschenrechtlichen Themen einen bedeutenden Stellenwert eingeräumt hat, was den rassistisch aufgeladenen und regressiven öffentlichen Diskurs widerständig denunziert hat. In diesem Sinne sind dem BIM noch viele erfolgreiche Jahre zugunsten der von den politischen Widrigkeiten Marginalisierten zu wünschen.
Barbara Prammer, President of the Austrian National Council (1954-2014)
The observance of human rights is a constant and irrevocable imperative for our civilization- a mission of zero tolerance. As well as a legislative framework and regulatory control, a sensitized public is also necessary for the permanent observance of human rights. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights works tirelessly to do valuable work in this area and, as such, it forms an essential part of the scientific civil society.
Claudia Schmied, former Federal Minister for Education, the Arts and Culture
Democracy requires citizenship education and human rights education. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights has been an important and reliable partner for the Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture for many years.
Rudolf Scholten, former Co-Director of the Österreichischen Kontrollbank
Our cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights has been and continues to be an extremely interesting and educational experience for us. However much our work involves difficult and controversial issues, our relationship with the BIM is one based on trust.
Over the last twenty years, the BIM staff members have become indispensable partners for the UNHCR in Austria. With their leading expertise, they have carried out important research projects on asylum and have thus substantially contributed to the effective protection of refugees.
Andrea Barschdorf-Hager, Managing Director of CARE Austria
CARE is working in more than 80 countries to ensure that human rights, such as the right to food, to education or equality between men and women, become a reality even for the poorest and most disadvantaged people. We deeply thank the BIM employees for the years of fruitful cooperation, during which their valuable scientific expertise has been a great addition to our practical experience. We wish your important Institute much further success and national, as well as international, recognition.
Barbara Weber, former Managing Director of Amnesty International Austria
For me, the Austrian human rights landscape is unthinkable without the BIM. The Institute’s work bridges the gap between scientific research and practice, thereby emphasizing key aspects of human rights work. Here at Amnesty International Austria, we highly value our cooperation with colleagues at the BIM and congratulate them on their 20th anniversary.