Justice & Memory

It is impossible to build a just society on foundations of impunity and forgetting. Trauma, including collective trauma, lingers long after the crime has been committed, particularly when the underlying causes are not addressed. For the people affected by crimes against humanity and war crimes, the inherent injustices live on. Remembering and addressing past atrocities as well as seeking justice can form part of the individual and collective healing process.

Argentina

Justice at last: Judgment in the Elisabeth Käsemann case

Military Dictatorship

More than 30,000 people fell victim to the military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983). The victims included around one hundred people with German citizenship or German roots, among them Elisabeth Käsemann.

Argentina

Mercedes Benz supported the Argentine military dictatorship

Military Dictatorship

In the Mercedes Benz case ECCHR is assisting relatives of trade unionists who disappeared from a Mercedes Benz plant in Buenos Aires. A senior manager at the company stands accused of involvement in the disappearances and murders of trade union activists carried out by Argentine security forces.

Argentina

Involvement of Ledesma sugar company in crimes of Argentine military dictatorship

Military Dictatorship

In 2011, ECCHR submitted an amicus curiae brief in the criminal investigation examining sugar company Ledesma's liability for human rights violations during the Argentine military dictatorship.

Argentina

Involvement of mining company in crimes of the Argentine military dictatorship

Military Dictatorship

In 2012, ECCHR submitted a legal brief in the case relating to the unlawful detention and torture of workers of the company Minera Aguilar S.A. during the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983).

Chile

Colonia Dignidad: Sect leaders should serve jail time in Germany

Colonia Dignidad

Colonia Dignidad, founded by a German named Paul Schäfer in 1961, was a fortress-like German settlement in central Chile where grave human rights violations were committed over several decades. The former doctor of the Colonia Dignidad, Hartmut Hopp, should face prison in Germany.

Democratic Republic Congo

Groundbreaking trial in Germany

Armed Conflict

The Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart handed down convictions in the trial of two Rwandan leaders of the Hutu militia group FDLR, Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni. The FDLR are alleged to have utilized sexualized violence against the Congolese civilian population and to have in numerous cases plundered, killed and inflicted grievous bodily injuries.

Philippines

Philippines: Compensation for Sexual Slavery during Second World War

Sexualized Violence

ECCHR calls for individual compensation to be provided to Philippine survivors of sexual violence (so-called 'comfort women') during the Second World War. Already at the time of the Second World War, the systematic wartime enslavement of women constituted a violation of international law.