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Manfred Nowak received the honorary doctorate of the University of Bucharest

Manfred Nowak, Head of the Research Centre Human Rights, received the honorary doctorate of the University of Bucharest on 12 May 2017. The newsletter of the University of Bucharest describes impressively his merits in human rights.



Manfred Nowak to Lead New Global Study on Situation of Children in Detention

Manfred Nowak is appointed as the independent expert who will lead the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

The global study will collect qualitative and quantitative data on the situation of children deprived of liberty, while also registering good practices. It will involve a range of actors, including United Nations agencies and experts, member States, civil society organizations, academia and children themselves.

For further information refer to:

Secretary-General Welcomes Selection of Manfred Nowak to Lead New Global Study on Situation of Children in Detention: https://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sg2234.doc.htm

UN Human Rights Office welcomes selection of Manfred Nowak to lead new global study on situation of children deprived of liberty: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20766&LangID=E

Utrecht Declaration on Academic Freedom

At its annual conference on 2-3 September 2016 the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) expressed its deep concern about the actions and threats of actions of an increasing number of States to restrain and even foreclose academic freedom.

Please find enclosed the declaration adopted by the AHRI General Assembly.

 AHRI Utrecht Declaration on Academic Freedom

The Declaration has been translated into Chinese, Turkish, Arabic, French, German, Spanish and Italian. The translations are available on the AHRI homepage  Opens external link in new windowhttp://ahri-network.org/.

Kazakhstan: Human rights groups and former UN Special Rapporteur meet authorities in Astana and urge to end torture

Astana/Brussels, 15 October 2015

Manfred Nowak, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on torture from 2004 to 2010 and member of the advisory board of International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), Brigitte Dufour (IPHR), Yevgeniy Zhovtis (Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, KIBHR) and Miguel Martin Zumalacarregui (World Organisation against Torture, OMCT) met government officials in Astana on 13 October and called on them to promptly implement the Concluding Observations issued to Kazakhstan by the Committee against Torture (CAT) in 2014 in order to end torture.

Initiates file downloadFull  Declaratino in English

Initiates file downloadFull Declaration in Russian

Association of Human Rights Institutes adopts statement on refugee crisis

In view of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 22 September and the European Council meeting on 23 September the General Assembly at the 2015 annual conference of the Opens external link in new windowAssociation of Human Rights Institutes in Belgrade adopted the following statement:


The EU faces a historic test this week to address the refugee crisis. The special sessions of the Justice and Home Affairs Council and of the European Council offer a unique opportunity to show leadership. Having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 and priding itself on its deep commitment to fundamental values such as human dignity, human rights, equality, solidarity and the rule of law, the EU bears a heavy responsibility to come up with more workable solutions. Let us not forget that the EU guarantees the right to asylum in its own Charter of Fundamental Rights.

As a global network of academic human rights institutes, the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) has a responsibility to point European policy-makers towards a number of considerations.

We insist that this crisis requires a common response. Member States should not take any unilateral action to keep out or to remove refugees from their territory. The erection of insurmountable barriers, both physical and procedural, is neither in conformity with international law, nor is it an effective response to the current situation.

The EU should seize this moment to deepen European cooperation within a fundamental rights-based framework. This involves, first of all, making use of existing mechanisms, including the principles of solidarity and financial compensation outlined in the Directive on Temporary Protection. Secondly, a more equitable framework for distributing asylum obligations among Member States, with stronger financial incentives, should be created. Thirdly, the Commission should use all available oversight mechanisms to ensure full and uniform implementation of existing standards. Last but not least, the EU should transform the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) into a fully-fledged European Asylum Agency, in order to ensure joint operational responses.

For the right to seek asylum to remain meaningful, Member States must provide effective legal access to a proper asylum procedure. This includes providing alternative access to asylum procedures outside the EU, in order to end the dependence of refugees on perilous, unofficial transit routes. In addition, the issuing of humanitarian visas and the introduction of the ability to apply for asylum at EU Delegations needs to be considered. Finally, the implementation of an effective common European resettlement policy is necessary in order to assist those third countries currently housing the greatest numbers of refugees.

Belgrade, 21 September 2015 

Attachment Initiates file downloadAHRI Belgrade Declaration

Europe must finally reveal its role in the CIA-torture program

Manfred Nowak wrote an article for the FP-7 FRAME Magazine about the impacts on Europe of the US Senate report on CIA torture: on invitation by Jan Wouters (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies), the leader of the ongoing FP-7 FRAME Project "Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies.

Read the article at the FP-7 project website: Opens external link in new windowhttp://www.fp7-frame.eu/europe-must-finally-reveal-its-role-in-the-cia-torture-program/

Posted on January 22, 2015


Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold for Manfred Nowak
Human rights expert Manfred Nowak of the University of Vienna is the winner of the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold. (Photo: University of Vienna)

Award for its commitment to human rights.

On 17th December, Manfred Nowak, founder and scientific director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, will receive in Berlin the Otto-Hahn-Piece Medal of exceptional merit for peace and international understanding. The awarding by the German Society for the United Nations is justified by the "exemplary commitment for the enforcement of human rights" of internationally recognized human rights experts. The laudatory speech will be held by the Human Rights Commissioner of the German government, Christoph Strässer. 

Posted: Dec. 2014

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