Severe and systematic human rights abuses are committed all to often and result in not only single incidents of abuse and disregard for human dignity, but typically generate a multitude of victims and will have a wider impact on the groups of people or societies affected. We are committed to ensuring these wrongs are recognized as a wrong in the first place, and bringing these violations to justice.

Frequently, this is a challenging task due to an often continuing nature of the conflicts, recent trauma experienced by victims, and innumerable vulnerabilities. A interdisciplinary team like ours can help appreciate the various aspects of the issues thus fight injustices more efficiently and with – hopefully – a lesser degree of re-traumatisation.


Current initiatives

Justice for victims of torture in Syria: We are cooperating with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin to lodge a criminal complaint against Syrian state agencies and perpetrators in Austria. A myriad of gross violations of human rights have been committed and continue to be committed on a daily basis during the Syrian (civil) war. Bassar al-Assad’s government tortures systematically and across the board. International criminal courts offer little possibilities to go against these violations and it is thus the responsibility of European Agencies to act based on the principle of universal jurisdiction.

We hope our efforts will contribute to acknowledging the wrongs that have been done and help to rebuild Syrian society and communities.


Folter in Syrien – Was kann Österreich zur Aufarbeitung beitragen?

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Mensschen
Spittelauer Lände 3, 1090 Vienna/Austria
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