The University Hospital Heidelberg, one of the project partners in the RiVi project, developed an online training on clinical forensic examinations that is now available to the public. The RiVi project aims at strengthening victims’ rights through improving access to clinical forensic examinations. The online training contributes to this objective by further expanding the knowledge of medical staff towards clinical forensic examinations.
Women's Rights/ Children's Rights/ Trafficking in Human Beings
The Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty was successfully launched in Geneva on 19 November 2019 around the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and presented in Vienna during a press conference. Learn more about the next steps, upcoming events and the toolkit for implementing the recommendations.
On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Austrian Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking holds this year's conference with a focus on new developments that arise by using modern technology while combating human trafficking. It aims to highlight not only opportunities but also challenges within this context.
On 20.11.1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly and has set basic standards for the protection of the youngest members of our society. The violation of children's rights has serious consequences not only for those affected, but for society at large. Therefore particular importance should be attached to this Convention.
The conference organised by the Austrian Council on Disability on 12th of September 2019 aimed at "making women with disabilities visible" in different contexts of their life and realities. Very positive to mention is the great interest shown by political decision-makers (First Lady, Federal Chancellor, two Federal Ministers) who opened the conference. Sabine Mandl from BIM took part in a panel discussion and presented the EU project: Violence against women with disabilities and their access to support structures.
In the period from 2017 to 2018 - on behalf of the Federal Chancellery and the Ministry for Health and Women's Affairs - a study and brochure on "Cyber-Violence against Women and Girls in Austria" were produced by the Research Centre Human Rights at the University of Vienna in cooperation with the victims protection association Weisser Ring and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (coordinators: Anna Müller-Funk, Research Centre Human Rights / BIM, and Dina Nachbaur, Weisser Ring).
Surviving victims of physical violence and/or sexual abuse are often traumatised, vulnerable and in urgent need of help. In some cases, they may not be willing to come forward as a victim of crime on their own, or may need time to come forward. Meanwhile, their injuries might have healed. If not documented in a forensically professional way, they may thus have lost key evidence for future court proceedings. A crucial factor for accomplishing significant improvements in victims’ position in criminal or civil proceedings is the knowledge about their rights within the group of medical professionals who are dealing with them.
On 18th and 19th of April 2018 Helmut Sax (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) will be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at the International Symposium – Childhood, Youth and Society IX at the Festspielhaus Bregenz. He will be holding a keynote on the implementation of the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child from the perspective of young people and will join a panel discussion on "Why have childrens' rights? Visions and expectations from three countries"
Misinformation about individuals fleeing their home countries has created a social climate, which seems to prioritize the protection from refugees rather than the protection of refugees.