Supporting Civil Society under Pressure

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.

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Universal Jurisdiction in Germany? ECCHR Report on the FDRL Trial

Based on trial monitoring carried out over the past four and a half years concerning the trial of Rwandan leaders of the Hutu militia Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR), this report examines the following questions: Can this trial serve as a model for other international criminal proceedings in Germany? How can the prosecution and courts remedy shortcomings in addressing international crimes, especially concerning charges of sexualized violence? What significance does international criminal law have in the global fight against impunity?

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Make Way for Justice: Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2016

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.

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OECD procedures, Evalution

In this paper, ECCHR evaluates the OECD procedures against the companies Gamma (United Kingdom) and Trovicor, KiK, C&A and Karl Rieker (Germany) regarding their trade in surveillance technique.

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Holding Companies Accountable

Encouraged by prominent human rights organizations in the Global South, Brot für die Welt, ECCHR and MISEREOR have joined forces in a project to assist local actors in taking action against transnational companies who are involved in human rights violations.

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Driving Forward Justice: Victims of Serious International Crimes in the EU

This report explains how the EU Directive on minimum standard for the rights, support and protection of victims of crimes applies to victims of serious international crimes, in light of the wording of the Directive itself, and takes into account States’ pre-existing obligations towards victims under international and human rights law.

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Forced labor of children and adults in Uzbekistan. How effective is the OECD complaint mechanism?

ECCHR Study, May 2013

ECCHR (ed.)

The study is an evaluation of our seven OECD complaints against European companies that trade in cotton from Uzbekistan. Cotton there is harvested under the massive use of state-organized forced labor of children and adults. All procedures have been completed. We took this as an opportunity to comprehensively evaluate the impact of the complaints on the situation in Uzbekistan and the effectiveness of the OECD complaint mechanism as such.

"Making corporations respond to the damages they cause"

November 2012

ECCHR (ed.)

This practitioners’ guide from ECCHR is produced in cooperation with MISEREOR and “Brot für die Welt”. It discusses practical and legal elements of legal strategies to demand fair and adequate compensation from transnational corporations for human rights violations. “Making corporations respond” looks at both litigation and out-of-court approaches and how they can be strategically interconnected.

Torture in Europe: The Law and Practice, Regional Conference Report

September 2012

Redress and ECCHR (eds.)

This report builds on the presentations and discussions at the Europe Regional Experts Meeting, The Law and Practice on Torture in Europe, held in Berlin, Germany on 25-27 November 2011, as well as the information shared by expert participants in their responses to the questionnaire that informed the content and structure of the meeting. It provides a review of laws, practices and patterns of torture, examining the availability and effectiveness of safeguards, accountability mechanisms and avenues to obtain reparation for torture in the countries considered.

A comparison of National Contact Points - Best practices in OECD complaints procedures

Policy Paper, November 2011

ECCHR (ed.)

Between October 2010 and January 2011, ECCHR submitted OECD complaints relating to the trade of Uzbek cotton against seven cotton traders. Complaints were submitted to the respective national contact point in Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain and France. ECCHR has now carried out comparative evaluations of three of the national contact points.

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Torture and the use of information in countering terrorism

ECCHR-Report, October 2011

ECCHR (ed.)

This report, which is an excerpt of ECCHR-publication “Folter und die Verwendung von Informationen in der Terrorismusbekämpfung”, analyzes the three cases selected for examination by the BND Committee of Inquiry (1. Committee of Inquiry, 16th legislative period). The cases in question are: Murat Kurnaz, detained in Guantánamo; Mohammed Zammar, tortured and detained to date in Syria; and Khaled El Masri, abducted and tortured in Afghanistan. To varying extents, German security forces were involved in each of these cases. The full report concludes that German authorities and courts have violated the absolute ban on torture.

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Child Labour in Uzbek Cotton Production and the Responsibility of European Corporations

ECCHR-Report, January 2011

ECCHR (ed.)

In this brochure the ECCHR highlights one of the most striking abuses of economic and social human rights in Uzbekistan: The state-led system of compulsory child labour in the cotton production. The report provides an overview of the current situation and outlines the background to child and forced labour during the cotton harvest. Focusing particularly on European cotton dealers, it investigates the responsibility of European corporations who trade with Uzbek cotton by using the internationally recognized OECD Guidelines.

Blacklisted: Targeted sanctions, preemptive security and fundamental rights

ECCHR-Report, December 2010

By Gavin Sullivan and Ben Hayes

10 December 2010 ECCHR have released a new critical report today on terrorism listing, with a foreword by Martin Scheinin, the outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism. After outlining the ways that blacklisting breaches fundamental rights, reviewing the key case law, analysing the broader political impacts and problems of the regime and critically evaluating the possibilities for procedural reform, the Report argues that the policy of blacklisting is currently facing a crisis of legitimacy.

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Criminal Accountability in Sri Lanka

ECCHR Study, June 2010

ECCHR (ed.)

29/09/2010 ECCHR concludes in its Study „Criminal Accountability in Sri Lanka as of January 2009" that the parties to the conflict seriously violated international law. The Study is based on publicly available information about the alleged commission of crimes against humanity as well as war crimes during the last stage of the conflict.

Corporate Responsibility - Suggestions for EU Reforms

ECCHR Study, May 2010

by Christiane Gerstetter and Alexander Kamieth

ECCHR lawyers Christiane Gerstetter and Alexander Kamieth have put together a study that maps out EU- legal reforms required for the prosecution of businesses that violate human rights and environmental norms abroad. Alongside two case studies, they investigate the extent to which European businesses are liable for environmental destruction or human rights abuse committed by their subsidiary- or delivery-firms abroad.

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CIA 'Extraordinary Rendition' Flights, Torture and Accountability: a European Approach

AN ECCHR Study, January 2009

ECCHR (ed.)

In January 2009, the ECCHR published the second edition of their report "CIA 'Extraordinary Rendition' Flights, Torture and Accountability: A European Approach." The study provides an overview of legal proceedings and other judicial responses to CIA rendition flights in pertinent European countries such as Germany, Poland, Italy, and Spain, as well as in the U.S.

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Transnational Corporations on Trial

ECCHR-Study, April 2008

By Wolfgang Kaleck and Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß

The entrepreneurial activities of transnational corporations risk the abuse of human rights and environmental damage. This actual threat to human rights which Corporations pose is not sufficiently taken into account by national and international legal systems. The study by the ECCHR, „Transnational Corporations On Trial“, describes international standards which obligate Corporations to act in compliance with Human Rights, Labour and Environmental Laws only gives a few sanctioning prospects.

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