Tricky Business: Space for Civil Society in Natural Resource Struggles
We are experiencing an unprecedented worldwide race for natural resources: Governments and national as well as transnational corporations are driving the demand for water, land, fossil fuels, raw materials, and organic resources of all kinds, as never before. Citizens, organized civil society, social movements, and affected communities worldwide are pushing back against these developments. At the same time, the scope of action for civil society actors is shrinking. The study "Tricky Business: Space for Civil Society in Natural Resource Struggles" by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and the ECCHR shows how the mechanisms of expropriation and the undermining of human rights work, how civil-society actors and concerned communities' means of action get restricted - and examines strategies to strengthen democracy and human rights.
Germany’s involvement in the anti-ISIS coalition in Syria and Iraq is based on an overly broad interpretation of international law, particularly Article 51 of the UN Charter. In its expansive interpretation Germany has largely followed the US approach. The Position Paper “Unlimited use of armed drones in the fight against terrorism in Syria? Germany must oppose the erosion of international law” analyses Germany’s role in the global use of armed drones and demands the German government to change its policy on international law.
Civil society is under pressure worldwide. This is also true for civil society organisations and activists who are protesting against land grabs and environmental degradation; who are standing up for a just utilization of resources and demanding the right to have a say in the matter. The paper "Supporting civil society under pressure – lessons from natural resource exploitation" is designed to uncover common patterns and dynamics of restrictions on and coping strategies adopted by civil society actors in the specific context of natural resource exploitation.
At a time when governments around the world are locking up their critics and openly calling on people to ignore or break the law, when Western states are going to great lengths to drive back people fleeing war, misery and persecution, and when transnational corporations can get away with putting profit over human life – then resistance is needed. ECCHR is part of this resistance, using legal tools to challenge injustice. Our annual report 2016 documents the cases, legal strategies and policy goals we pursue as well the partners we work with around the world.
ECCHR’s newest publication “Litigating Drone Strikes: Challenging the Global Network of Remote Killing”documents a conference hosted by ECCHR in October 2016 on the impact of drone attacks on law, warfare and society. The publication presents contributions from international political and legal experts on the background and consequences of the global drone wars.
Make Way for Justice #3: Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2017
Universal jurisdiction has gathered unprecedented momentum in 2016. In this annual report, ECCHR and its partners FIBGAR, FIDH, REDRESS and TRIAL International look back on its application through 47 recent cases. To illustrate this breadth the organisations release their joint annual report on universal jurisdiction, Make way for Justice #3.
Liability of Social Auditors in the Textile Industry
Disasters ranging from the factory fires at Ali Enterprises in Pakistan and Tazreen in Bangladesh to the collapse of the Rana Plaza building have, tragically revealed a number of flaws in the current practice of private certification: independent and diligent audits seem rare and require, at best, a sort of »checklist compliance.« Ultimately, certificates generate a high level of trust while incurring almost no legal risk.