What motivates us

Protecting human rights

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights stands for lived solidarity across geographical, social and cultural borders. International crimes, such as torture, sexual and gender-based violence, genocide and war crimes, have to be resolved and prosecuted. Not only direct perpetrators, but also their superiors – politicians, military and intelligence services officials – have to be put on trial.

Political power is all too often prioritized over law and justice. Torture is prohibited in most countries, slavery is said to have ended – nevertheless people are tortured by militaries and exploited by multinational corporations around the world on a daily basis.

Companies are responsible for implementing human rights; this is not a question of voluntary diligence. Corporations, subsidiaries and suppliers that put their own profit before human rights, that displace, exploit or endanger people’s lives, have to be held legally liable.

People fleeing from war, poverty and misery have more than just a right to protection. Migrants and refugees have the right to have rights, and to stand up for them.

ECCHR has been investigating human rights violations worldwide since 2007 and uses legal means to counter injustices. The exemplary cases chosen by ECCHR are therefore always aimed at making political, economic and legal shortcomings visible.