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HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS


The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS take place in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human RightsderStandard.at, profil online, Zeitschrift Juridikum and zige.tv.

                   

                                 

 

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Upcoming Events

Small but mighty: Can small-scale farmers feed the world?

DATE AND TIME: November 2, 2017, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

Even ten years after the food crisis of 2007/08, news of famine has not abated. Despite small-scale farmers contributing disproportionately to world food production, their own human rights hang in the balance being. Small scale farmers, as a group, are at high risk of expulsion, land grabbing, hunger and malnutrition. The 2007 food crisis was caused by unsustainable agricultural and commercial policy, which is oriented towards profit maximisation, growth and industrialisation. The dominant actors are corporations and governments, while small and sustainable food producers and consumers are unable to participate.

A paradigm shift is needed to transform this system from the bottom up or face more severe food crises in the future. Bernhard Freyer (BOKU), David Jelinek (ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria), Karin Lukas (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Waltraud Rabitsch (Austrian Development Agency) und Brigitte Reisenberger (FIAN Österreich) will discuss the contribution of small-scale farmers and why it’s so significant, their right and how they are being violated and, importantly, how human rights mechanisms can be employed to overcome these challenges and remove the barriers which hinder the fight for nutritious food for all. Moderation: Irene Brickner (Der Standard).

This event is held in German.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!  

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event.

The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with FIAN Österreich and Brot für die Welt.

 

Past Events

Cyber-Violence – Same story, new guise?

DATE AND TIME: September 14, 2017, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

A journalist logs onto twitter after publishing an article and is met with threats and abuse; a young girl’s schoolmates leave cruel comments under her new profile picture; a woman nervously logs onto her computer, scared that she might have received another email from her stalker. All of the above are examples of the cyber-violence with which women and girls are increasingly confronted.

Often perceived as less serious because of its online nature, the consequences of cyber-violence can be as severe as their offline counterparts, also driving women away from public online spaces. Psychological trauma, real world violence following online stalking or mobbing and the silencing of women and girls in the public sphere. Despite the internet having revolutionised the way we share information and interact with one another, it also acts as a space where violent acts occur under a veil of perceived anonymity and impunity.

Sandra Breiteneder (Bundeskanzleramt), Jelena Gučanin (Journalist), Melanie Halbig (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz), Dina Nachbaur (Weisser Ring), Barbara Unterlerchner (Counseling Centre #GegenHassimNetz, ZARA), und Maria Windhager (Lawyer), will discuss what the term cyber-violence encompasses, who it affects and how, and ways in which governments, schools, workplaces and individuals can deal with this phenomenon and ensure that women and girls can express themselves and their views in a safe, online environment. Moderation: Katharina Mittelstaedt (Der Standard). Welcome address: Anna Müller-Funk (Research Centre Human Rights, University of Vienna).

This event is held in German.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!  

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event.

 

 

Community Policing - people’s police or a policing people?

DATE AND TIME: May 16, 2017, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

The involvement of the population in police work is a controversial topic. For some, it represents a significant contribution to increasing the sense of security of the inhabitants, an opportunity to make police work more democratic and participatory. Others, however, fear the softening of the state's monopoly of violence, which could promote whistle-blowing and the formation of neighbourhood watches. Which human rights perspectives and considerations are relevant to the implementation of community policing strategies and how can digital solutions promote them?

In the next HUMAN RIGHTS TALK, the following panelists will discuss this conflicted theme: Christian GRAFL (University of Vienna, Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology), Waltraut KOTSCHY (Project expert CITYCoP, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Friedrich KOVAR (National Police Directorate Vienna, Human Rights Officer), Philipp SONDEREGGER (Human rights expert). Moderation: Irene BRICKNER (DER STANDARD). 

Kindly observe that this event is held in German. The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!     

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event.

Further information about the research project CITYCoP can be found at: http://www.citycop.eu/.   "CITYCoP has received funding by the European Union within the 2014-2020 Horizon 2020 - research and innovation framework programme under grant agreement No. 653811."

Two steps forward and one step back on the road to human rights based drug policy in Austria

DATE AND TIME: March 16, 2017, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

Drug policy and human rights are intricately entwined, from drug cultivation and production through transit, sale and consumption; and no government, it is safe to say, is yet implementing a perfectly human rights coherent approach to drugs in their country. But, how would human rights-conforming drug policy look like here in Austria and how close, or far away, is Austria to such a model?

The first HUMAN RIGHTS TALK of 2017 - Two steps forward and one step back on the road to human rights based drug policy in Austria – will cover many bases: drug dealers, public spaces and racial profiling; Austria’s position on the recent global wave of drug regulation and decriminalisation; harm reduction (services aimed at reducing or avoiding negative consequences of drug use) and their availability in Austria; and the efforts being made both politically and by civil society towards sensible and human rights-conforming drug policy in Austria.

Katharina BECLIN (Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna), Roland REITHOFER (Suchthilfe), Rainer SCHMID (checkit!), Stefan SCHUMANN (Johannes Kepler University, Linz) and Toni STRAKA (Hanf Institut) will discuss. Moderation: Manfred NOWAK (Research Centre Human Rights).

Kindly observe that this event is held in German. Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event.

 

 

Holes in the safety net - Do Austrian social policies deliver?

DATE AND TIME: November 15, 2016, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

The recent debate about minimum income benefits or ‘Mindestsicherung’ in Austria, and indeed the questioning of social security systems across Europe, showcases the feeling of unease that accompanies an increasing number of people in so-called social welfare states, having to rely on benefits to get by. Aggravated by the economic crisis, the labour market and working conditions have become ever more precarious: the regular compensation mechanisms, once assured by employment, now fail to guarantee a decent living wage, whilst ‘last resorts’ like Mindestsicherung become the norm for a considerable portion of the working population. Whilst political discourse tends to place blame on each individual, often denouncing social subsidies as encouraging ‘dependence’ or even laziness. The second HUMAN RIGHTS TALK of the semester will examine the obligations of the state to reduce inequalities, and whether ‘Mindestsicherung’ is a good way of implementing and ensuring social, economic and cultural rights to all.

Barbara CARGNELLI-WEICHSELBAUM (Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, University of Vienna), Erich FENNINGER (Federal Chairman; Volkshilfe), Karin HEITZMANN (Institute for Social Policy, WU Wien), and Daniela KRÖMER (CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte, Employment and social law) will discuss. Moderation: Jan Michael MARCHART (Wiener Zeitung).

Kindly observe that this event is held in German. Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!  

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event. The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS take place in cooperation with Wiener Zeitung, profil online, ZIGE.TV and Zeitschrift juridikum.

 

 

Human rights under pressure - Exceptional circumstances as the new normal in Europe?

DATE AND TIME: October 18, 2016, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

Thanks to progress made in past decades, Europe boasts one of the most sophisticated systems of rights protection. Protection which, in the current political climate, is at stake. Basic human rights are seriously under threat in Hungary, Poland and Russia, to name a few; whilst Turkey, in the wake of the failed coup of July 2016, has declared a state of emergency that was swiftly followed by the arrest and detention of judges, journalists and political opponents. Even the oldest democratic countries have adopted, or are considering, emergency legislation that patently undermines human rights principles: Following the terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016, France declared and prolonged a state of emergency, which has partly led to restrictions of the right to privacy and the right to freedom of assembly. A year after the number of refugees arriving in Austria peaked, a discussion on the legitimacy of adopting an emergency act began here too, towards restraining and suspending the right to asylum of those arriving. International law does admit the temporary suspension of certain rights under exceptional circumstances: but, are all those measures justifiable, how far can a state go and is the exception becoming the rule for human rights in Europe?

Rubina MÖHRING (Reporters without Borders), Manfred NOWAK (Research Centre Human Rights), Lukas OBERNDORFER (AK Wien) and Şerife Ceren UYSAL (Turkish lawyer) will discuss. Moderation: Eva ZELECHOWSKI (Wiener Zeitung).

Kindly observe that this event is held in English. Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event.

 

 

Saving the world with art?

DATE AND TIME: May 19, 2016, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

In recent years, artists have increasingly weighed in on political discourse, speaking out for example in favour of a humane treatment of refugees in Europe which conforms with human rights. Last year, the Centre for Political Beauty’s ‘Jean Monet Bridge’ significantly contributed to directing public and media attention towards Europe’s border policy, whilst the orchestral intervention at last year’s Salzburg festival, when to mark the arrival of several high-ranking FPÖ politicians at an event, the orchestra spontaneously started playing the Internationale, triggered an intense debate about the political role of artists. This role, which often has a strong effect on the public, is what we will be investigating and discussing at the following HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: can art save the world?

Can GÜLCÜ (Artist, former director of Wienwoche), Heinz PATZELT (Amnesty International), Katharina STEMBERGER (Actress) and Hannes TRETTER (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) will discuss. Moderation: Irene BRICKNER (Der Standard).

Kindly observe that this event is held in German! Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!   

 

 

Displaced by European climate policy? How can we ensure access to justice for affected populations?

DATE AND TIME: March 17, 2016, 19:00

LOCATION: Aula am Campus (Spitalgasse 2, Court 1.11, 1090 Vienna)

The 2015 Paris climate agreement placed renewed stress on the significance of financing measures to tackle climate change. Development banks in the EU have recently had an increased role in financing climate policy projects in countries in the global south. These projects (such as dams set up as part of the so called Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol) can have problematic consequences for the human rights of local populations, for example leading to displacement or forced resettlement. From a legal perspective it is difficult for those affected to hold individual EU member states or the EU to account for human rights violations in third countries. In this context, the environmental and social standards and the accompanying complaint mechanisms, all put in place by the banks themselves, gain an increased significance. How can access to justice be guaranteed for people whose rights have been violated by climate policy projects? Why has the establishment of an effective complaint mechanism as part of climate treaties failed up till now? What role do international finance institutions such as the European Investment Bank have to play and what recognisable differences are there from other human rights protection mechanisms?

Maartje VAN PUTTEN (Global Accountability, Amsterdam), Felismino ALCARPE (European Investment Bank, Luxembourg), Juliane VOIGT (Carbon Market Watch, Brussels) and Gertraud WOLLANSKY (Ministry of the Environment, Vienna) will discuss. Moderation: Irene BRICKNER (Der Standard).

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK takes place as part of the Research Project „Human Rights Accountability of the EU and Austria for Climate Policies in Third Countries and their possible Effects on Migration“(ClimAccount), which is promoted by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund, and carried out by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights in cooperation with the University of Bielefeld and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

Kindly observe that this event is held in English! Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception. The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!   

In cooperation with the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund

 

 

 

LGBTQI movements - leaps, bounds and baby steps

DATE AND TIME: March 3, 2016, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

There are few areas in human rights in which the progress made in recent years has been as significant as in the field of LGBTQI rights. At the turn of the millennium, equal marriage rights did not exist anywhere. Now, in 2015, they are enshrined in law in over 20 countries worldwide. From an LGBTQI perspective, the global outlook has never been brighter. Such advancements have rightfully been celebrated, yet in doing so it is easy to overlook the bleak situation which LGBTQI communities across much of the world continue to be faced with, with legal and social persecution ranging from the mild to the extreme still an everyday part of life. It is critical that those lucky enough to live in those countries in which the most progress has been made do not lose sight of the global nature of the struggle for equal rights and do everything possible to raise awareness of those less fortunate and facilitate the continued spread of LGBTQI rights across the globe.

The interconnectivity of efforts made in the fight for equal rights will be discussed by Erin AYLWARD (Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, Canada), Marty HUBER (Queer-feminist activist and author, Queer Base), Komil RADZHABOV (Tajik activist) and Dennis VAN DER VEUR (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights). Moderation: Irene BRICKNER (der Standard). Translation: Svetlana MANAKHOVA. Welcoming address: Jonathan SAUVE (Embassy of Canada to Austria) and Anna MÜLLER-FUNK (Research Centre Human Rights, University of Vienna).

Kindly observe that this event is held in English! Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the Embassy of Canada to Austria would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we kindly ask you to register at humanrightstalk@univie.ac.at!   

The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS take place in cooperation with Wiener Zeitung, profil online, ZIGE.TV and Zeitschrift juridikum.


In cooperation with the Embassy of Canada to Austria

 

 

 

 

 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 2nd chance or last chance?

DATE AND TIME: November 25, 2015, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

On the 25th September 2015, the United Nations passed the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The goal is to contribute to global development, to encourage human well-being and to protect the environment. This should be achieved through the implementation of 17 agreed Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 sub-goals. The 2030 agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals, on which international development cooperation has been based since the year 2000. The fight against poverty and hunger remains the centerpiece of the agenda.

What new chances and opportunities does the 2030 agenda offer and what role international civil society has to play is the topic of discussion for our high caliber panel in the 2nd Human Rights Talk of the 2015 Winter Semester.

The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.

The event takes place in cooperation with the Swiss embassy in Austria to mark the occasion of the Expo Milano ‘Feeding the planet, energy for life’. The 2030 agenda includes topics which are also key areas of focus of the expo, such as the right to water, food and energy.

 

 

 

Has the E.U’s common asylum policy failed?

DATE AND TIME: October 20, 2015, 19:00

LOCATION: Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

For years the E.U. 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. Care for refugees is increasingly borne by European civil society, as EU member states shift the responsibility back and forth between one and other; it was only after a great deal of struggle that a quote could be settled on at the very least. The E.U. now seems further away from a common asylum policy than before. Whether this means that the Common European Asylum System has failed before it was ever fully implemented, and what this means for Europe, is the topic of our first Human Rights Talk of the 2015 Winter Semester.

The panel discussion will consist of Margit AMMER (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Manfred NOWAK (Research Center Human Rights, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Monika MOKRE (Department of Cultural Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences) Sieglinde ROSENBERGER (Department of Political Sciences at the University of Vienna), Adriano SILVESTRI (E.U. Agency for Fundamental Rights) and Anahita TASHAROFI (Flucht nach vorn). Irene BRICKNER (der Standard) will be moderating the discussion. 

The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.

The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS take place in cooperation with Wiener Zeitung, profil online, Zeitschrift Juridikum and zige.tv.

 

 

The Law as a Driver of Societal Change

When: 19 May 2015, 19:00

Venue: Rooftop Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)

Kindly observe that this event is held in German!

We cordially invite you to the third "HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Law as a driver of societal change". The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Opens external link in new windowLudwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights.

This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will analyse innovative legal strategies which make it possible for vulnerable groups to have access to the law, and to mobilize law as a driver of societal change, such as strategic litigation. Moreover, universities as places for educating future law experts will be central to the discussion. The progressive educational model of "law clinics", in which experience oriented learning is combined with helping vulnerable clients, positively adds to the development of social responsibility of law students. Thus, the societal role of law experts can be reflected upon and questioned critically. At the same time, law clinics can play an integral role in society by partnering with NGOs or law offices - e.g. legal research, innovative academic approaches, and the development of international networks.

In Austria, societal dimensions of the law are only briefly discussed during law studies, as well as approaches which advocate law as an instrument for social change. Law is a power discourse, and access to it requires special resources as well a comprehension of technical barriers and bureaucracy. Thus, minorities as well as vulnerable groups are disadvantaged when it comes to access to the law. Law is also political, especially when considering decisions made by supreme courts directly affect existing legal structures - e.g. through norm control or new interpretation of existing regulations.

On the panel are Julia ECKER (Netzwerk AsylAnwalt, tbc), Rolf ANDRÈL (Rechtskomitee LAMBDA), Marion GUERRERO (European University Institute) and Stephan SONNENBERG (Human Rights Law Clinic, University of Stanford), who will be discussing this interesting topic. Irene BRICKNER (Der Standard) will serve as the evening's moderator.

Following the discussion the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and the Research Centre Human Rights would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

The admission is free, for logistical reasons we ask you to kindly register at Opens window for sending emailhumanrightstalk@univie.ac.at.

Furthermore we would like to point out that the recordings of previous HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS are available at Opens external link in new windowZIGE.TV.

The event series HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS takes place in cooperation with Opens external link in new windowderStandard.at, Opens external link in new windowjuridikum - Austria's Critical Law Review, Opens external link in new windowprofil online and Opens external link in new windowZIGE.TV.


Human Rights between Religions and Cultures

We cordially invite you to the second "HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Human Rights between Religions and Cultures" on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 at 19:00 o'clock at the rooftop of the Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien).

The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Opens external link in new windowLudwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and held in cooperation with the Opens external link in new windowDRAVA Verlag.

Human rights are often criticized as being a eurocentric concept imposed upon other states, mostly by cultural imperialism. The idea that human rights are not compatible with some religions and cultures is sometimes invoked to question their universality. The question whether human rights are universal and should be globally valid has also been controversially discussed in the media in the recent months and will be dealt with in depth in this HUMAN RIGHTS TALK.

Austrian-Canadian international law expert and human rights lawyer Peter Leuprecht will address these issues in his presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Ingeborg Gerda Gabriel (Institute for Social Ethics, University of Vienna) and Manfred Nowak (Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna; Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights). Irene Brickner (der Standard) will serve as the evening's moderator.

Within the framework of the event Peter Leuprecht will also present his new book "Reason, Justice, and Dignity: A Journey to Some Unexplored Sources of Human Rights."

Kindly observe that this event is held in German! Following the discussion the Opens external link in new windowDRAVA Verlag would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.


Human Rights & Global Capitalism: David vs. Goliath?

We cordially invite you to this semester's first HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: Human Rights & Global Capitalism: David vs. Goliath? on Thursday, 26 March 2015 at 19:00 in the Assembly Hall at the University Campus Altes AKH (1. Hof, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Vienna). 

The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Opens external link in new windowLudwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

Over 20 years ago at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria, 171 states came together and declared Human Rights to be "universal, indivisible, and inalienable." Today, however, international enforcement mechanisms for social, economic, and cultural rights remain weak. The global financial crisis of the past years has demonstrated that questions of social equality, solidarity and distributional justice are intrinsically linked with social, economic and cultural rights and as such represent a central challenge of the 21st century.

On the panel, the Human Rights lawyer Manfred Nowak (Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna; Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), political scientist Ulrich Brand (Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna), Elisabeth Springler (University of Economics Vienna; University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna), as well as Gabriele Tatzberger (Vienna Business Agency) will discuss this burning issue. Irene Brickner (der standard) will be moderating the panel.

Kindly observe that this event is held in German!

Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.


Human Rights Behind Bars?

Video of the opening and the panel discussion, in German: http://youtu.be/2IRVJcSfcyg

When: Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 19:00
Venue: Aula am Campus (Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien, Court/Hof 1).

Last year’s scandals in Austrian prisons have made it obvious that people in detention are especially vulnerable to human rights violations and that there is an urgent need of effective monitoring and complaint mechanism in prisons. The discourse both in the media as well as in the political sphere is mostly populist and gives the impression that detention conditions should be as harsh as possible to properly fulfil the idea of adequate punishment. Questions regarding the protection of the human rights of prisoners and the objectives pursued by society with the imprisonment of perpetrators of criminal acts are often left unanswered.

Panellists include linguist Brigitta BUSCH (Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna), film director Tina LEISCH (e.g. the documentary Gangster Girls), Manfred NOWAK (Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) and Bruno SLADEK, director of the prison in Stein. The talk is moderated by Irene BRICKNER (Der Standard).

Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights would like to invite you to the subsequent reception.

The talk is held in German!

The series of events take place in cooperation with derstandard.at, juridikum, journal for critique | justice | society, profil online, and zige.tv. We would like to point out that the recordings of previous HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS are available at http://zige.tv/.


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