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26.03.2018

Ban treaty attracts new adherents

Ban treaty attracts new adherents

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), signed in September 2017, is attracting new adherents. The Treaty was adopted by 122 states to a standing ovation at the UN General Assembly. With Palestine joining the Treaty on 22 March, six UN member states and permanent observers have now… »

05.12.2017

Congratulations to Austria – court overturns barriers to equal marriage

Congratulations to Austria – court overturns barriers to equal marriage

We republish this press release from ILGA-Europe. This morning, a judgment from Austria’s Constitutional Court has opened up the option of equal marriage to same-sex couples. The 14 judges of the Constitutional Court ruled that marriage should be open to same-sex couples and also… »

22.10.2017

Austrian Elections: The Crisis of Europe Continues

Austrian Elections: The Crisis of Europe Continues

By Roberto Savio The Austrian elections show clearly that media have given up on contextualising events. To do that, calls for a warning about Europe’s future, as a vehicle of European values is required. Europe has been weakened by all the recent elections, with the… »

09.02.2017

The Civil March for Aleppo reaches Vienna

The Civil March for Aleppo reaches Vienna

The Civil March for Aleppo is a civil movement that goes all the way through Europe, along the refugee trail, heading for Syria. It is a solidarity initiative that at the same time encourages the participants to become active for refugees, for peace and for civil society in Syria. Since… »

05.12.2016

Austria rejects the far-right path

Austria rejects the far-right path

Austrian presidential elections: After the third election the more decent candidate, Alexander van der Bellen, finally won. In Austria, the Federal President is directly elected by the people in contrast to other countries. The office of the Federal President is, on the one hand mostly representative, but ultimately the Federal… »

22.09.2016

Austria announces UN resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017

Austria announces UN resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017

Austria’s foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Wednesday that his country would join other UN member states in tabling a resolution next month to convene negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017. Speaking in the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in New… »

09.04.2016

Refugee Crisis 2016: mass deportations and resettlement efforts by social organizations

Refugee Crisis 2016: mass deportations and resettlement efforts by social organizations

On their own initiative, social organisations both inside and outside Greece are attempting to overcome the confusion and the violations of international treaties caused by the joint statement of 28 EU leaders with Turkey on the 18th of March 2016. This complicated joint statement emerged in a moment when more… »

12.09.2015

Vienna supports the European Day of Action for Refugees

Vienna supports the European Day of Action for Refugees

1.500 people came to the Westbahnhof in Vienna, where so many refugees have arrived from Hungary in recent weeks. The people here in Vienna took a lot of initiative to help, and during the rally many speakers talked about their experiences in this helping process such as the two very impressive… »

14.07.2015

Austria: Refugees speak up for their rights

Austria: Refugees speak up for their rights

This article from no-racism.net reports on a protest in the Austrian town of Traiskirchen in support of migrants at the town’s refugee camp.  It has been written by one of the protest organisers and edited by Pressenza for publication. On Staturday, 11th of July 2015, hundreds of people (around… »

25.02.2015

Austria: Racist law approved to restrict Muslim freedoms

Austria: Racist law approved to restrict Muslim freedoms

In a decision that the Minister for Integration, Sebastian Kurz, called a “milestone” and that opponents denounced as racist and unfair, the new law: prohibits mosques from receiving foreign financing; demands that religious teaching be done in German; and makes explicit that Austrian Law takes precedence over religious beliefs. Around… »

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