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Activism & Art

In order to sustainably change the law, a transformation of social power relations is needed – and new laws have to be created. This is why ECCHR initiates and participates in legal and law-related policy debates, organizes public events and publishes on selected topics. We also see cooperation with artists as an opportunity to reach people, to heighten their awareness of injustice and to allow for new perspectives. We believe that art can offer those affected by injustices a platform to be heard and to collectively address the legacies of conflicts.

Europe

Corporate Exploitation
Institute for Legal Intervention

International law should promote human rights before profit

Supply chains

Businesses’ conduct, whether by action or omission, can cause, contribute to or be linked with a variety of human rights abuses in their own operations or their business relationships, including global value chains. ECCHR views it as essential that companies be legally obliged to adequately address human rights risks – and for them to be held accountable for possible damages.

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Colonial repercussions: Germany and Namibia

Activism & Arts

In the early 20th, today’s Namibia was a German colony. The Namibian population was massively and systematically discriminated against. Oppression, violence and land grabbing were widespread. ECCHR is working to address the German genocide in Namibia and Germany’s colonial past.

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Art at ECCHR

Activism & Arts

Since its establishment, ECCHR has been working with artists from all over the world. At our office, we regularly exhibit work by artists who, like us, protest against human rights abuses – be it the crimes of the Brazilian military dictatorship, the unlawful border regime at the US-Mexican border or the exploitation of Palestinian migrant workers in Israel.

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Memory and Justice

Activism & Arts

The symposium 'Memory and Justice' at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin created a platform for interdisciplinary debates – spanning various epochs and regions – on legal proceedings, inquiries and other state responses to grave crimes and the extent of civil society participation in these processes.

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The KiK/Pakistan case in Germany – 3D simulation as architectural analysis

Activism & Arts

The 18 minute video from Forensic Architecture details the lack of stairs, emergency exits, fire extinguishers and fire alarms in the factory. Inadequate fire safety measures at the company, a supplier for the German clothes retailer KiK, led to the agonizing deaths of 258 factory workers in the blaze.