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EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states. Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and amendments passed with break-neck speed, is undermining fundamental freedoms and dismantling hard-won human rights protections.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • Research
  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe - Executive Summary

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a spate of violent attacks in European Union (EU) states between January 2015 and December 2016. They were shot by armed men, blown up in suicide bomb attacks and deliberately run over as they walked in the street. These callous crimes did not just target individuals; they were also attacks on societies, on how people live and what people think. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent.

Date:
17 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/5343/2017
  • Research
  • Austria
  • EU

Europe: Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in violent attacks in the European Union in 2015 and 2016. The need to protect people from such wanton violence is obvious and urgent. This report gives a bird’s eye view of the national security landscape and shows just how widespread and deep the “securitization” of Europe has become. It focuses on eight themes: states of emergency, principle of legality, right to privacy, freedom of expression, right to liberty, freedom of movement, stripping of nationality, and the prohibition on sending people to places where they risk torture.

Date:
17 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 01/5342/2017
  • News
  • Austria
  • Refugees

Austria: Parliament must overturn proposal to deny refugee protection to thousands

The Austrian National Council must reject changes to its asylum law that would curtail access to protection for thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers and breach its obligations under international law, said Amnesty International ahead of today’s vote. The proposed ‘special measures’ would fast-track procedures, effectively giving police and border guards sweeping powers to arrest, detain and swiftly return or forcibly deport asylum-seekers.

Date:
27 April 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • UN Convention Against Torture

Austria: Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, 56th Session, 9 November - 9 December 2015

Amnesty International submits this briefing to the United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture (the Committee) ahead of its examination, in November 2015, of Austria’s sixth periodic report (CAT/C/AUT/6) on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention or the Convention against Torture). The document highlights Amnesty International’s concerns regarding Austria’s failure to fully comply with its obligations under Articles 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of the Convention.

Date:
27 October 2015
Ref:
EUR 13/2718/2015
  • Research
  • Myanmar
  • UN

Suggested recommendations to States considered in the 23rd round of the Universal Periodic Review, 2-13 November 2015

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for the 12 states - Australia, Austria, Georgia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Oman, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia - that are coming up for review in the UPR Working Group session on 2-13 November 2015 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
15 September 2015
Ref:
IOR 40/2451/2015
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Time for Europe to end the refugee shame

Updated 3 September 2015: A solemn moment of silence. The world over, this is the traditional response when lives are cut short by tragedy. It has also been a common response to tragedies in Europe and off its shores which have ended the lives of thousands of refugees and migrants. Not killed by bombs in Syria, but killed while making terrifying journeys in search of safety and better lives in Europe. But the scale and rapid succession of these tragedies calls for breaking the silence.

Date:
28 August 2015
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Discrimination

Austria: Amnesty International Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, November 2015

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about complaints of police ill-treatment and excessive use of force against members of ethnic minorities and a pattern of impunity for such abuses as well as shortcomings in the penal, preventive and juvenile detention systems. Amnesty International is also concerned that Austria has not taken sufficient pro-active steps to protect individuals against discrimination on the basis of religion and belief, age and sexual orientation.

Date:
31 July 2015
Ref:
EUR 13/2189/2015
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  • Africa
  • Detention

'Mandela Rules' on prisoner treatment adopted in landmark revision of UN standards

The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice adopted crucial revisions of 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting today in Vienna, which Amnesty International said could herald in a new era of respect for prisoners’ human rights. The Mandela Rules include extensive revisions and additions to the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which date back to 1955.

Date:
22 May 2015
  • Education
  • Austria
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

“I learnt to be part of the group, instead of always leading” – Amnesty Austria’s Leadership Programme

When driven young activists requested training, Amnesty Austria answered the call. Smaranda shares her experience of the Leadership Programme, which has been turning inspired Amnesty activists into leaders for the human rights movement for the last five years. “I’m always participating in projects. Before I joined the programme I had already been at Amnesty for a year,” says Smaranda eagerly, a young activist who took part in Amnesty Austria’s 2014 Leadership Programme.

Date:
10 April 2015
  • News
  • Austria
  • Children

Austria: Reform needed after European Court adoption victory for lesbian couple

A European Court of Human Rights ruling that Austria discriminated against a woman by refusing to consider her request to adopt her female partner’s biological child, must be followed by legal reform Amnesty International said. “This welcome decision must prompt the Austrian government to shake up its thinking and its laws,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia.

Date:
19 February 2013
  • Research
  • Austria
  • International Organizations

Austria: Briefing to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Amnesty International submitted this information to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in advance of its consideration of Austria’s periodic reports. In particular, Amnesty International highlights the refusal of Austria to develop a National Action Plan against Racism; the failure to establish a National Human Rights Institution; the lack of an adequate mechanism to ensure a systematic follow-up and implementation of treaty body recommendations, including with an adequate involvement of civil society; and concerns regarding persisting institutional racism within the criminal justice system.

Date:
31 July 2012
Ref:
EUR 13/001/2012