Criminal complaint filed in Switzerland against Bahraini Attorney General
15 September 2015 - Bahrain-born British citizen Jaafar Al-Hasabi has submitted a criminal complaint to the prosecuting authorities in Berne (Switzerland) against Bahraini Attorney General Ali Bin Fadhul Al-Buainain for participation in torture. The complaint was filed in anticipation of Al-Buainain’s attendance at the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) annual conference in Switzerland, where he stands to be elected vice president of the organization on 16 September. Al-Hasabi's complaint is supported by the ECCHR in Berlin, REDRESS and BIRD (London) as well as TRIAL (Geneva)
BSCI complaint on TÜV Rheinland’s audit report for Rana Plaza manufacturer
7 July 2015 – The collapse of Rana Plaza revealed the ineffectiveness of safety certificates in the textile industry.TÜV Rheinland audited production facilities at Rana Plaza just a few months before the catastrophe. The German certification company did not adequately inspect the documentation of the building safety nor the worker’s records. TÜV Rheinland was appointed as auditor by a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), a corporate platform that is supposed to monitor and improve safety and working conditions in production countries. ECCHR, FEMNET and the Clean Clothes Campaign, medico international and the Activist Anthropologist Collective from Bangladesh have submitted a joint complaint to the BSCI concerning TÜV Rheinland’s report.
No end in sight for US drone war via Ramstein
27 May 2015 – The Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht) of Cologne has dismissed the claim brought against the German government by three Yemeni citizens concerning the use of US military base Ramstein in drone attacks. The claimants as well as the ECCHR and human rights organization Reprieve regret the decision. Together with the claimants the organizations will consider lodging an appeal. “Today’s decision allows the German government to continue to play the innocent,” said ECCHR General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck after the hearing. “See nothing, hear nothing, say nothing – with this approach Germany is making itself complicit in the deaths of civilians as part of the US drone war.”