Using the law. For a world free from torture, exploitation and fortressed borders.

Together with our global network, we enforce human rights and make injustice visible. In court and society.

Together for global justice: Our current cases

First criminal trial worldwide on torture in Syria

The first trial worldwide on state torture in Syria started in Germany in April 2020. We support Syrian torture survivors who are joint plaintiffs. The proceedings have global significance: they are the first step towards systematically addressing the Assad regime’s crimes.

More on the Syria trial

European arms in the Yemen war

Eurofighter, Tornados, MK 80 series bombs – European arms are used in the war in Yemen, there is ample and reliable evidence of this. Are European arms companies therefore aiding and abetting alleged war crimes committed by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen? ECCHR brought the case to the International Criminal Court.

More on the Yemen case

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We seek justice for – and with – those around the world who are affected by torture, exploitation and fortressed borders.

ECCHR is a non-profit organization. One hundred percent of our budget comes from donations and grants. Help put an end to impunity for human rights violations!

Croatia brutally expels refugees

Push-backs are not isolated incidents but standard practice along Croatia’s borders. The police use weapons, and sometimes, excessive violence, to regularly push people back to Bosnia and Herzegovina. ECCHR, with affected refugees and migrants went before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council to end this.

More on push-backs

Colonial crimes in Namibia

Historically, German colonial crimes in Namibia have been relatively well addressed, but not legally. Since 2015, the German and Namibian governments have negotiated possible reparations, especially for the genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama. This step held enormous potential for true reconciliation. But this opportunity was lost.

Read ECCHR’s statement

“All of my fellow prisoners were tortured and ultimately killed. I want to bring those responsible to justice. I firmly believe we will succeed. Together with ECCHR, we have taken the first step on the road to justice.”

Yazan Awad, Syria, torture survivor

ECCHR in the media

Syria refugees to face their torturers in German court

Associated Press

German NGO files legal case against Chechen officials over anti-gay purges

The Guardian

Yemeni men appeal US drone attack case to highest German court

Al Jazeera

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Fighting for human rights – not only in court

ECCHR’s human rights work encompasses much more than the mere application of applicable law. We want to break up unjust power relationships, initiate social and political debates, and thus contribute to social justice worldwide.

  • Cooperating with universities
  • Educating and training human rights lawyers
  • Cooperating with civil society actors and artists
  • Exchanging with transnational networks

ECCHR is one of the only institutions in Europe reshaping what we think of law and accountability.

Edward Snowden, whistleblower

10 years: What our fellow campaigners say about us

ECCHR is active worldwide

Let’s meet: Upcoming events

Rupture and reckoning: 20 years of Guantánamo

11 September 2021, 3:00 pm

Human rights in times of crises: Resistance and concrete utopias

22 September 2021, 6:00 pm