ECtHR Grand Chamber to hear case on 26 February
In September 2009, two US fighter jets, acting on the orders of German Army Colonel Georg Klein, bombed a large group of people on a sandbar in the Kunduz River (Afghanistan). More than 100 people – mainly civilians – were killed or injured. During the following investigations, the German government and military repeatedly put their own interests ahead of prosecuting those responsible. On 26 February 2020 – ten years later – the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg will hear the case before its Grand Chamber.
Case studies on corporate human rights due diligence
The study "Menschenrechte vor Profit: So wird's gemacht" (only in German) describes how companies should implement human rights due diligence in their production and supply chains. On the basis of three concrete cases – KiK, Nestlé and Lahmeyer – authors Claudia Müller-Hoff and Miriam Saage-Maaß show avenues to reach this goal.
Communication to the ICC
Eurofighter, Tornados, MK 80 series bombs – European arms are used in the war in Yemen. In order to investigate the role of corporate and state actors for alleged war crimes in Yemen, ECCHR and international partners submitted a Communication to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on 11 December 2019. The Communication focusses on arms firms like Airbus, Leonardo and Rheinmetall.
Alongside the "Colonial Repercussions V: The Case of Namibia" event, ECCHR and the Akademie der Künste published a collection of German and Namibian reflections from the law, arts, culture and civil society. The texts grapple with Germany's genocide in Namibia 115 years ago and deal with questions about how colonial structures persist in present-day national and international law.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Japan's invasion of the Mapanique district (Philippines), ECCHR and CenterLaw filed a complaint with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in November 2019. On behalf the Malaya Lolas, a survivor organization, theydemand compensation from the Philippines.
With the first criminal trial worldwide on torture in Syria, German courts to set international precedent
Mid-October 2019, the German Federal Public Prosecutor filed charges against two former officials of President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian General Intelligence Directorate at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz. The first trial worldwide on state torture in Syria is expected to start in Germany in early 2020 – an important message in the fight against impunity. Anwar R. is suspected of involvement in the torture of at least 4,000 people in the Al-Khatib Branch, a detention center in Damascus. Eyad A. has been charged with torture in at least thirty cases.