In October 2016 an airstrike allegedly by the Saudi-led military coalition in Northwest Yemen killed a family of six. At the site of the airstrike bomb remnants were found, and a suspension lug manufactured by RWM Italia S.p.A., a subsidiary of the German Arms Manufacturer Rheinmetall AG. To uncover the contributing role of Italian actors in the airstrike, on 17 April 2018 ECCHR filed a criminal complaint in Italy.
Our partner organization Syrian Archive will launch the Chemical Weapons Database at ECCHR. This is the first publicly available database of open source content documenting chemical weapon attacks in Syria between 2012 and 2018. The database more than 2000 verified videos, tweets, and Facebook posts that can be viewed, analysed and downloaded.
The opening of a formal investigation into war crimes committed by UK forces in Iraq is one step closer. On 4 December 2017, the Court’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague announced that it sees a reasonable basis to believe that members of the UK armed forces committed war crimes.
A few more exits, accessible stairways and clearly signposted escape routes would have been enough to save many lives in the factory fire at a supplier for the German clothes retailer KiK on 11 September 2012 in Karachi. This is shown by a computer simulation by Forensic Architecture submitted on 1 February 2017 to German Court.