Recent Decisions: Constitutional Court on the current situation in Afghanistan
In its decision of 30 September 2021 on the changed situation in Afghanistan following the takeover of power by the Taliban, the Constitutional Court decided that
“on the basis of the country report of 11 June 2021 printed (and dealt with) in the challenged ruling, but in particular on the basis of the “Kurzinformation der Staatendokumentation” of 19 July 2021 (and the broad media coverage available at the time of the decision of the Federal Administrative Court), at the latest as of 20 July 2021, i.e. also at the time of the challenged decision of the Federal Administrative Court, an extreme volatility of the security situation in Afghanistan had to be assumed, so that in any case a situation exists which exposes the complainant, in case of a return to Afghanistan, to a real danger of a violation of his constitutionally guaranteed rights under Art. 2 and 3 ECHR (on the significance of this circumstance for the assessment of the existence of a real danger within the meaning of Art. 2 and 3 ECHR, see e.g. VfSlg. 19.466/2011, 20.296/2018, 20.358/2019; VfGH 6.10.2020, E 2406/2020).”
(VfGH 30.09.2021, E 3445/2021-8, 4.6, https://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/Vfgh/JFT_20210930_21E03445_00/JFT_20210930_21E03445_00.pdf
Alumni im Porträt
Alumni Uni Graz visited me in my office and asked me why I chose human rights work, which case was particularly touching, how my studies prepared me for my work and what I would like to achieve with my work.
“Introduction to Asylum Law: Theory and Practice”
The interactive lecture deals with the national and international legal framework, its relation to the international human rights system as well as current issues and actual cases.
On 11.01.2021 Thomas Becker and I will discuss current problems with the participants on the basis of selected cases from our legal practice.
Lecture: Prohibition of Torture
The lecture provides participants with an introduction to the system of human rights protection in general as well as a more in-depth look at selected human rights issues.
On 25 November 2020, at 5:00 p.m. (online, see link below), Renate Kicker and I will discuss selected aspects of this fundamental human right with the participants and have been welcoming lively participation for years.
CSD: Show solidarity!
Christopher Street Day commemorates the police violence against LGBTIQA* in New York’s Christopher Street and is an international festive day for queer persons and persons in solidarity. Let’s show how diverse Graz is!
Information at https://www.homo.at/csd2020/
Observations of the Austrian Bar Association 2018/19
In its annual perception report, the Austrian lawyers highlight shortcomings in the Austrian judiciary and administration and make suggestions for improvement.
The planned nationalisation of legal counselling and legal representation of persons seeking international protection meets with massive reservations on the part of the Austrian Bar Association (ÖRAK):
Free and independent legal advice for asylum seekers in appeal proceedings: Open consultation hours take place every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Pestalozzistraße 59 in Graz (no prior registration necessary, please bring all documents with you).
The colleagues of Betrifft:Asyl explain why Betrifft:Asyl concerns us all:
Imagine that the referee of a game trains the other team at the same time.
This is exactly what is hidden behind the planned nationalisation of independent counselling and representation in the field of asylum when the “Federal Agency for Care and Support Services” (“BBU”) is created.