U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Austria
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||30 January 1998|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices 1997 - Austria, 30 January 1998, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aa1860.html [accessed 20 April 2014]|
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Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, January 30, 1998.
AUSTRIAAustria is a constitutional democracy with a federal parliamentary form of government and an independent judiciary. Citizens choose their representatives in periodic, free, and fair multiparty elections. The police are subordinated to the executive and judicial authorities. The national police maintain internal security. The army is responsible for external security. Austria's highly developed, market-based economy, with its mix of technologically advanced industry, modern agriculture, and tourism affords its citizens a high standard of living. The Government generally respected the human rights of its citizens, and the law and judiciary provide effective means of dealing with individual instances of abuse. There were occasional reports of abuse by police. Legislation went into effect to increase protection for women against domestic violence.