Migration: Why Human Rights Matter

Students and staff of the Vienna Master in Human Rights at public event of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

On the occasion of his visit to Austria the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein gave a speech on “Migration: Why human rights matter.” 
The High Commissioner spoke about current human rights concerns and addressed the importance of a rights-compliant and humane set of measures on migration in conformity with international human rights standards in European countries.

The speech was followed by a question and answer session moderated by Manfred Nowak, the Scientific Director of the Vienna Master in Human Rights.

The students as well as the staff of the Vienna Master in Human Rights took part in this important event that was also attended by high level representatives, several embassies, international organisations, NGOs, press and media. The students had the opportunity to discuss the topic migration with the High Commissioner, touching on matters like the EU-Turkey deal to women’s rights and the current situation in the Mediterranean Sea, to name but a few.

The Office Of The High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR) is the United Nations body mandated to promote and protect human rights for all. It is a forum for identifying, highlighting and responding to human rights challenges across the globe and acts as a point of convergence for diverse research, education, public information and advocacy activities related to human rights within the United Nations.

The event took place on 29 April 2016 and was organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, with support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW). The welcome address was held by the Vice-rector of the University of Vienna, Regina Hitzenberger.