The Vienna Hub Stands for Human Rights
Protecting Human Rights Worldwide
The promotion and protection of human rights is a clear priority for Austria. Human rights are the hallmark that distinguishes all great civilisations, cultures and religions. As the host country of the World Conference on Human Rights 1993, which was attended by almost 10,000 participants, Vienna successfully proved itself as the ideal location for international encounter and dialogue, providing a forum at which the international community underlined its commitment to the universality and indivisibility of human rights.
The achievements of this historic conference were also discussed in the light of current challenges at follow-up events. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights, the international High Level Expert Conference “Vienna+20: Advancing the Protection of Human Rights“ was, for instance, organised in June 2013 in cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Three Years of Active Membership of the UN Human Rights Council
During its membership of the UN Human Rights Council (2012-2014) Austria focused on clear priorities related to pressing human rights issues including the promotion of freedom of the media and the protection of journalists, the protection of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience as well as the protection of religious minorities. Following its term on the Human Rights Council, Austria continues to pursue these priorities. As a place of dialogue and cooperation, Austria works committedly towards fostering the resolution of human rights issues in an open and transparent manner. In 2018, Austria will seek re-election to the Human Rights Council for the period 2019-2021.
Promoting seamless protection of fundamental rights in the EU
Since its establishment in 2007, the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has developed into a key competence centre on EU fundamental rights issues. By collecting comparative data in all EU Member States on current human rights issues including violence against women, the situation of Roma and Sinti, data protection or discrimination against homosexuals and by providing counselling services to institutions, the FRA makes a key contribution towards achieving the goal of seamless fundamental rights protection in the European Union.