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

Climate change: An island fights against its demise

The highest point of the Indonesian island Pari stands at 1.5 meters above sea level – for now. But the people on Pari do not want to accept the demise of their homeland: they are taking legal action in Switzerland against one of the world’s largest emitters of climate-damaging greenhouse gases, the cement company Holcim.

More on the climate lawsuit

Violent pushbacks: Child rights at Europe’s borders

Rohingya child refugee U.F. faced repeated beatings by Croatian border officers, had his belongings burnt and his shoes confiscated before numerous forced expulsions, including a “chain” pushback from Slovenia. This is why he submitted complaints against Croatia and Slovenia at the UN Child Rights Committee.

Read more about U.F.

Donate for justice

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!

Return of human remains: Dismantling colonial continuities

Tens of thousands of Human Remains/Ancestors are stored or displayed in German museum archives. They are denied their right to dignity and their descendants’ right to mourn is disregarded. Our new project aims to raise awareness about the racism and colonialist patterns of discrimination that continue to underpin this issue.

More on the project and our podcast

War in the Ukraine: Strengthen international law, enforce human rights

Russia’s war of aggression and the massive attacks on the civilian population in the Ukraine that accompany it violate fundamental principles of international law. The war crimes that are currently being witnessed must be documented and investigated, and those responsible must be prosecuted whenever this is possible.

Read our statement

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 in the media

An “unprecedented” effort to document war crimes in Ukraine. But what chance of justice?

Washington Post

Trapped in the hell of Neo Chimonio: Torture allegations against Greek border guards

Spiegel Online

How a Syrian war criminal was brought to justice – in Germany

New York Times

What’s missing in climate lawsuits of the future? by Miriam Saage-Maaß


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Art & human rights

We conceive of the collaboration with artists as an opportunity to reach people, to hone their perceptions of injustice and to alter their perspectives. We also believe that art can provide a platform for those affected by injustice to make their voices heard – and to address conflicts collectively.

This is why, since our founding, we have collaborated with committed artists and cultural producers to bring the necessary depth to our collective quest for justice and to visualize the dimensions of the pressing questions of our time.

10 years: What our fellow campaigners say about us

ECCHR is active worldwide

Let’s meet: Upcoming events

A permanent state of emergency? Human rights challenges at EU’s external borders ‒ and beyond

26 September 2022, 9:30 am