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Over 85,000 people sought asylum in the country by the end of November – a remarkable increase on previous years. Thousands of asylum-seekers in the reception centre of Traiskirchen were left to sleep in inadequate facilities, with poor medical care and a lack of protection for unaccompanied minors. The government took insufficient steps to address ill-treatment and neglect in the penal and preventive detention systems. The authorities’ failure to respond adequately to reports of ill-treatment by the police persisted. Gaps in the Anti-Discrimination law remained.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty


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