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Asylum, Anti-Discrimination and Diversity

Asylum, Anti-Discrimination and Diversity

The right to non-discrimination is a fundamental human right. The legal and institutional framework as well as public discourse influence and reflect discriminatory structures.

Such structures infringe the human right to non-discrimination just like inadequate support of victims of discrimination. Migrants, members of ethnic or religious minorities, refugees and other marginalized groups have to be granted equal and secure access to justice which is an essential element in the enforcement of the individual’s right to non-discrimination. Anti-discrimination is understood as a cross-cutting issue, which should be taken into account when developing policies affecting different areas of life, in order to achieve equality and social inclusion for all.

The right to seek and enjoy asylum is of fundamental importance to persons who were affected by serious human rights violations in their countries of origin, or who fear persecution in the case of return. They require adequate protection in the reception state in order to be in a position to conduct a life in dignity. Even though today, approximately four-fifths of all persons affected by forced migration remain within their regions of origin (i.e. in developing countries), access to asylum in Europe is becoming more and more difficult: To begin with, EU external borders have become evermore “secure”, but there is a lack of adequate measures aiming at the identification of persons in need of protection. Further, despite harmonisation efforts diverging qualification criteria, reception conditions and asylum procedures of varying quality are in place. Apart from that, asylum seekers and refugees often face legal and factual barriers (including racism and discrimination) in the reception countries, making everyday life and participation in the reception society difficult.

Through the analysis of laws and jurisprudence, as well as collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data it is possible to demonstrate human rights violations in the areas of equal treatment, immigration, integration and asylum. Based on this analysis, we draft recommendations for achieving equal treatment, equal opportunities and access to justice for discriminated groups as well as effective access to asylum for refugees.

We seek to raise awareness through publications, manuals, lectures, and workshops. Networking and cooperation with scientists, NGO representatives, policy makers, representatives of social partnership as well as representatives of European and international organizations are significant to our work.
 

Online Conference: “Immigration law and policy, border control and migrant deaths” – panel with Adel-Naim Reyhani

On September 30th Dr. Adel-Naim Reyhani, expert on asylum and migration law at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, will be speaking at the international conference “immigration law and policy, border control and migrant deaths” of the Humboldt University Berlin on the topic of “The Rightlessness of Refugees in Libya”.

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Regional launch of The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law

Join the regional launch of The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law (OUP 2021) this Thursday, June 17th at 3 pm. The subject of the online discussion will be Europe’s externalisation practices and their impact on refugee protection. Our colleague Adel-Naim Reyhani, researcher in the field of asylum, anti-discrimination and diversity, is taking part in the online debate as one of the scholars participating in the discussion.

21. März: Internationaler Tag gegen Rassismus

21.03.2021: Internationaler Tag gegen Rassismus

Online platforms have facilitated constructive and reflective discussions on racism, but at the same time they also provide space for the aforementioned racially motivated hate speech that demeans, excludes, and harms people. “The project Counter-Bot: Artificial Intelligence (AI) combating racist hate speech online aims to support the development of AI, which can more accurately detect (illegal) racist hate,” says Barbara Liegl, head of the “(In)Equalities and Non-Discrimination” program line at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights.

FRANET - Data Collection and Research Services on Human Rights Issues (F-SE-17-T11), Lot 30 - EU and International level

The objective is to provide the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) with research related services on fundamental rights issues falling within FRA’s mandate and current work programmes. The scope of the work of Lot 30 covers services related to social, legal and policy analysis at EU and international level. The EU and international perspective is understood to encompass the United Nations (UN), the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union perspective.

Expelled from Humanity: Reflections on M.N. and Others v. Belgium (Verfassungsblog, 6 Mai 2020, Adel-Naim Reyhani)

Adel-Naim Reyhani © Wien Museum

The European Court of Human Rights decided this week (in M.E. and Others vs. Belgium) that European states are not bound by the European Convention on Human Rights in visa procedures at their embassies.

"The decision (...) will undoubtedly further propel the debate on the scope of extraterritorial state jurisdiction. More importantly, however, it reveals the necessity of addressing the systemic exclusion of refugees from the international legal order", BIM researcher Adel-Naim Reyhani writes in his article on verfassungsblog.de.