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

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Forced labor: Complaint filed against VW, BMW and Mercedes-Benz

The production of cars by VW, BMW and Mercedes-Benz reportedly involves the processing of raw materials and components manufactured under conditions of forced labor in the Uyghur Region. ECCHR has now filed a complaint under the German Supply Chain Act with the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), as all three companies have thus far failed to demonstrate that they are responding to the risk of forced labor in supplier facilities in the region. 

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Jamshid Sharmahd: Criminal complaint filed against judicial officials in Iran

Jamshid Sharmahd, who has been sentenced to death in Iran, is a German citizen. For this reason alone, the German judiciary is obligated to investigate this case. This is why Sharmahd's daughter, with ECCHR’s support, has filed a criminal complaint with the German Federal Public Prosecutor (GBA) against eight high-ranking members of the Iranian judiciary and intelligence service. Beyond the scope of the Sharmahd case, the complaint is intended to trigger structural proceedings and further investigations by the GBA into Iran.

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Wartime sexual violence: Criminal complaint against Russian military

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, incidents of sexual violence by Russian troops have continued to increase. In the case of a survivor from a Ukrainian village near Kyiv, Russian forces occupied her house, shot her husband and raped her several times. Now, ECCHR, together with the Ukrainian Legal Advisery Group, has filed a criminal complaint with the German Federal Public Prosecutor. 

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Italian-made bombs in deadly airstrike in Yemen - Survivors file complaint with the ECtHR

Relatives and a survivor of a deadly airstrike in Yemen, carried out by the Saudi-led military coalition using bombs made by RWM Italia S.p.A., have submitted a complaint against Italy with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The ECtHR now has a unique opportunity to ensure access to justice for victims of war crimes involving European weapons in unlawful Yemeni airstrikes.

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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 in the media

Ecchr's legal battles against the crimes of the Syrian regime

Atlas Of Wars

EU border pushbacks: A 'shadow' migration policy?

Deutsche Welle

Egypt's Rabaa massacre: Still waiting for justice

Deutsche Welle

Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes hit by Xinjiang forced labour complaint

Financial Times

Daughter of California man on death row in Iran files criminal complaint against Tehran in Germanyin Karlsruhe

The Washington Times

Amazon Supply Chain Lacks Safety Checks In German Law Complaint

Forbes Magazine

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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.

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ECCHR is active worldwide