Austria Under Observation: New Online Tool Uncovers Deficits in Human Rights Policy

PeopleOther ♦ Published: November 8, 2023; 10:47 ♦ (Vindobona)

A new online monitoring tool, developed by the Austrian League for Human Rights in cooperation with the Austrian Ombudsman Board, marks a turning point in the monitoring of the human rights situation in Austria. It reveals the areas in which the country has some catching up to do in terms of human rights, including in the international arena, such as Austrian development aid.

The Austrian Ombudsman Board is based in the Palais Rottal in Vienna. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Werckmeister / CC BY-SA 2.5

This digital progress comes at a critical time, as an interim report by Austrian civil society to the United Nations reveals a sobering state of the human rights situation in the country. The report, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, reveals that only 40 percent of the human rights recommendations addressed to Austria have been addressed. This indicates a significant discrepancy…