Following the symposium "Colonial Repercussions" in January 2018, a delegation from ECCHR was invited to Namibia for the commemoration of the genocide (1904-1908). In a series of videos, those affected by (post)colonial injustice talk about their fight for the regocnition of their rights and what they expect of the German goverment. The second part of the series is an interview with representatives of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation and the Otjinene Village Council.
In 2008, ECCHR hosted a convening of litigators and activists from around the world to discuss strategies to hold transnational corporations accountable for human rights violations. This was the beginning of a world-wide network. A decade later, in April 2018, ECCHR supported by the Bertha Foundation invited partners and experts again to Berlin. This time participants reflected on specifics, challenges and impact of transnational litigation.
On 28 June 2018, cement company Lafarge was indicted in France on charges of complicity in crimes against humanity. This is a worldwide premiere for a parent company to be indicted for such offenses, marking a decisive step forward in the fight against impunity of multinationals operating in armed conflict zones. This follows a criminal complaint filed by eleven Syrian former employees together with ECCHR and Sherpa in November 2016.
"The arrest warrant against Jamil Hassan is a milestone and an important step for all affected by Assad's torture system – for the survivors, for the family members and also for those who are still held in the detention facilities of the Syrian government," says Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary of ECCHR. It is an encouraging sign for 24 Syrian torture survivors and activists, whose testimonies contributed to the arrest warrant. Together with ECCHR, they filed four criminal complaints in Germany. Those complaints name, next to Jamil Hassan, other 26 high-level officials of the Syrian intelligence services and the Syrian military.
In a complaint to the European Commission ECCHR demands the opening of infringement procedures against Italy. The Commission shall examine whether Ali Mamluk's - Director of Syria's National Security Bureau (NSB) - visit to Italy involves a breach of European Union law. Although Mamluk has been designated on the EU sanctions list, he was received by then Interior Minister Minniti at the beginning of 2018. As Director of the NSB is responsible for the torture of thousands of detainees. 14 Syrian and international human rights organisations expressed their support for the complaint.
In October 2016 an airstrike allegedly by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen killed a family of six. At the site of the airstrike bomb remnants were found, and a suspension lug manufactured by RWM Italia S.p.A., a subsidiary of German Rheinmetall AG. To uncover the contributing role of Italian actors in the airstrike, on 17 April 2018 ECCHR filed a criminal complaint in Italy.