Brazil - Dam failure - TÜV SÜD

The deadly safety business

Complaint against German certifier TÜV SÜD

In January 2019, a dam burst at a mine near Brumadinho, killing more than 270 people. Only four months earlier, German certifier TÜV SÜD's Brazilian subsidiary confirmed the dam's safety. In order to clarify the German company's responsibility, those affected together wirth ECCHR submitted complaints against TÜV SÜD and one of its employees to the public prosecutor in Munich on 15 October.

Many of the destroyed houses were not reconstructed, their inhabitants still live in hotels © Photo: ECCHR

Event - 29 November 2019 - Berlin

Colonial Repercussions V: The Case of Namibia

Symposium in the Akademie der Künste

The issue of (post-)colonial injustice is more present than ever before in German legal and cultural policy debates. But addressing the past has not yet had much visible impact. At the symposium "Colonial Repercussions V: The Case of Namibia," experts from the law, politics and the arts will present perspectives on the effects of colonization, with a focus on the German-Namibian history.

Colonial Repercussions: Reparation March © Photo: ECCHR

Germany - Arms Exports - Yemen

No German weapons for the war in Yemen!

Open letter to the German government

No arms exports to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's war in Yemen – no exceptions, no time limits. This is what ECCHR and 55 other NGOs called for on 18 September 2019 in an open letter to the German government. In order to prevent the Saudi-led coalition from being supplied with weapons for the war in Yemen, Germany must not only prolong the current export moratorium on some weapon(part)s, it must extend the ban to all military equipment. The German government's arms export policy does not adhere to international law.

Germany - supply chains - KiK

ECCHR supports German human rights due diligence law initiative

On 11 September 2012, 258 people died in an Ali Enterprises textile factory fire in Pakistan. The German clothing retailer KiK failed to ensure that its supplier adhered to fire safety regulations. On the 7th anniversary of the fire, 64 NGOs, including ECCHR, are calling for a new due diligence law. German companies should be mandated to conduct human rights and environmental due diligence in their supply chains when operating worldwide.

German NGO initiative is calling for a human rights due diligence law © Initiative Lieferkettengesetz

Türkei - Surveillance - FinSpy

German spyware for Turkish government?

German prosecutors investigate

The Munich-based companies FinFisher, FinFisher Labs and Elaman are accused of selling the surveillance software FinSpy to Turkey without permission. When repressive states use surveillance technology, the result has all too often been imprisonment and torture. Following a criminal complaint from ECCHR and its partner organizations GFF, ROG and netzpolitik, in August 2019 the public prosecutor in Munich opened investigations.

FinSpy: Police use German spyware © FinFisher marketing video

Afghanistan - Kunduz - Germany

ECtHR Grand Chamber to Hear Kunduz Airstrike Case

On 4 September 2009, two US fighter jets, acting on the orders of German Army Colonel Georg Klein, bombed a large group of people and two tanker trucks on a sandbar in the Kunduz River in Afghanistan. More than 100 people were killed or injured. ECCHR is assisting Abdul Hanan, a father who lost his two sons in the attack. Ten years after the bombing, the Grand Court of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg will hear the case due to its extraordinary significance. Taking the case to Strasbourg became necessary because the German Federal Prosecutor's investigations and decisions were insufficient and led to its premature closing.