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)
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.