On 15 December, the Swiss OECD Contact Point accepted the complaint that affected families from India, ECCHR and international partners had filed against Syngenta, detailing alleged pesticide poisonings with Syngenta’s product Polo. The contact point thereby paved the way for mediation proceedings.
After more than six years, the International Criminal Court closed its examination on war crimes by UK forces in Iraq. The decision from 9 December reveals systematic failures of international justice – and proves, once again, that powerful Western actors can get away with torture.
European weapons are used to fuel the war in Yemen. Back ECCHR’s call to investigate European companies’ and states’ liability for war crimes in Yemen – and demand that your government immediately ban these murderous exports. Sign our petition now.
The UN Human Rights Committee registered and communicated a Syrian refugee’s complaint against Croatia on 11 December. The young man had crossed the Croatian-Bosnian border in 2018/19 to escape the inhuman conditions in Bosnian refugee camps. However, he was pushed back by the Croatian police – repeatedly, brutally, and without consideration of his individual case. ECCHR supports his complaint to the UH HRC.
Social human rights have priority over intellectual property
The global human right to health must trump intellectual property protection. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called potential COVID-19 vaccines a global common good. But the German government still disregards its international human rights obligations. In its new statement, ECCHR argues that globally applicable human rights standards must inform German politics – not pharmaceutical companies’ profit interests or a selfish “first come first serve” mentality that only benefits one’s own population.
ECCHR trial updates
In April, the first trial worldwide on state torture in Syria started in Germany. The defendants are Anwar R and Eyad A, two former officials of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s General Intelligence Service. ECCHR supports 17 torture survivors in the proceedings. Read our trial reports here.