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.”

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Sexualized violence in the Colombian conflict – a matter for the International Criminal Court

27 April 2015 - In 2014 an average of two women were raped every three days in the course of the armed conflict in Colombia. Yet to date there have been very few convictions for sexualized violence – and no convictions at all in cases in which the perpetrator was a member of the armed forces. By failing to act, the Colombian state is denying women the protection against sexualized crimes and access to justice that it is obliged to guarantee under national and international law. In response, the ECCHR, together with the Colombian organizations Sisma Mujer and CAJAR, has today submitted a criminal complaint (known as a communication) against Colombia to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The organizations are calling on the Court’s prosecution authorities to open investigations against suspects in Colombia.

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French Court Investigating U.S. Torture: Summons Former Gitmo Commander

2 April 2015 – In a case seeking to hold U.S. officials accountable for the torture and other serious mistreatment of three French citizens formerly detained at Guantánamo, the Chambre de l’instruction de la Cour d’appel de Paris ordered a lower court to summon former Guantánamo Commander Geoffrey D. Miller to explain his role in the abuse. The ECCHR and the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights supported the appeal and submitted documents explaining Geoffrey Miller’s position, while commander of Guantánamo, in the overall command structure within the United States government.

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