Annual Report 2016
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 latest annual report documents the cases, legal strategies and policy goals we pursue as well the partners we work with around the world.
2016 was not a good year for human rights. The successes of the year are therefore all the more welcome: the criminal complaint against French cement company Lafarge concerning its business dealings with IS in Syria had an immediate impact, with the firm admitting its mistakes. The European Court of Human Rights responded positively to the complaint from eight refugees on their violent push-backs at the Macedonian-Greek border. And there was finally good news for the Pakistani claimants bringing a lawsuit against German retailer KiK concerning a devastating factory fire when a German court granted their legal costs for the proceedings.
The annual report is illustrated with photographs by Mohamed Badarne.
ECCHR Annual Report 2015
ECCHR uses the law to fight for a world free from torture, oppression and exploitation. We make use of new and established legal tools to bring human rights violations to light and bring those responsible before the courts.
This work is documented in our new annual report. The report offers an overview of ECCHR’s cases, both new and longstanding. It also describes and reflects on some of the milestones of our work from 2015.
Once again we have been breaking new legal ground. We are helping refugees and migrants to enforce their right to have rights and we are using legal tools to hold transnational corporations liable for their unlawful practices in the sale of pesticides in the Global South.
We also keep fighting tenaciously in those cases that take many years of work before any breakthrough. We were pleased to hear last year that former Guantánamo commander Geoffrey Miller was called to give evidence before a French court in a case we have been working on for some years. The ECCHR-supported lawsuit brought by survivors of a factory fire in Pakistan against German clothes company KiK is currently making its way through the German courts and is increasingly discussed in the ongoing legal and political debates on working conditions in global supply chains.
The 2015 Annual Report is illustrated with photographs by mexican artist Víctor Jaramillo. His exhibition "Cuba - Definitions for an Island" was on display at ECCHR in 2015.
ECCHR Annual Report 2014
To date no politician or army officer from a Western state has ever been tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC). It was therefore a great milestone when the Chief Prosecutor at the ICC announced in May 2014 that she would be launching criminal investigations into UK torture of detainees in Iraq following a criminal complaint by ECCHR.
Transnational corporations are another group very rarely held accountable for their role in human rights violations. All the more reason to welcome the news that our legal brief on the liability of pharmaceutical companies for drug trials played a role in the Indian Supreme Court’s decision in August 2014 to demand submissions from drug firms GlaxoSmithKline and Merck on the controversial trial vaccinations of 24,000 girls.
In these cases our interventions have shown swift results. Other proceedings require long-term groundwork and a whole series of smaller legal steps. All of this is documented in the annual report, which recaps and reflects on our cases and projects from 2014.
The 2014 Annual Report is illustrated with images by artist Nghia Nuyen. Nuyen's exhibition "Secret of Return" was on display at ECCHR in 2014.
ECCHR Annual Report 2013
No matter if they're high British military officials, a Colombian embassador in Austria or the Manager of the Nestlé company; no matter if it’s torture, rape or “disappearences”; no matter if it’s in Iraq, Columbia or Sri Lanka – those responsible for human rights abuses must be held accountable. In the past months ECCHR has initiated, lead and supported legal measures on this cases and issues. The annual report 2013 gives an overview of the aims, strategies and work of ECCHR.
The photographs in this year’s annual report were taken by Chilean photographer José Giribás and displayed at the ECCHR offices during 2013. Giribás took the pictures in the 80s in Chile to reflect the resistence against the regime of Augusto Pinochet.
ECCHR Annual Report 2012
The annual report provides an overview of ECCHR’s work during 2012. The focus in this year was on the fight against impunity in Colombia and on the critical evaluation of the first ten years of the International Criminal Court and the German Code of Crimes against International Law. The report incorporates the photographic installation “El Hotel” by Argentinian artists Azul Blaseotto and Eduardo Molinari.
ECCHR Annual Report 2011
In his preface to the annual report of 2011, advisory board member Prof. Florian Jeßberger discusses the success story of ECCHR, while General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck looks back upon an eventful year in his contribution. We have incorporated images by Berlin artist Silvina Der Merguerditchian in the report, whose works have been displayed in ECCHR spaces since November 2011. They are characterized by the attempt to fathom new means of reconciliation between Armenians and Turks.