Spain’s push-back practice finally lands before Court
17 December 2015 - On 21 December 2015 Spain must appear before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg to defend its systematic push-backs at the EU’s external borders. The Court called on Spain to set out the legal basis for the push-backs it has been carrying out along the Spanish/Moroccan border. The case concerns the expulsion of two refugees, originally from Mali and the Ivory Coast, from Spanish territory on 13 August 2014. With the support of ECCHR, the two men lodged a complaint against Spain to the ECtHR in February 2015.
Bayer and Syngenta pesticides endanger tens of thousands in Punjab (India)
13 October 2015 - Transnational chemical corporations Bayer and Syngenta are involved in the sale of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in India but fail to ensure that farmers are adequately informed about the dangers of the pesticides or the necessary safety measures. This is documented in a new report submitted to the Panel of Experts at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization by the ECCHR together with four other organisations from Asia and Europa. A new video outlines various possibilities for legal intervention to ban HHPs.
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)