From Washington to Sanaa via Ramstein: The Impact of Drone Wars on Law, Warfare and Society


18.10.2016, 00:00 Uhr

Armed drones kill people around world in the name of the “war on terror”. The US airbase Ramstein in western Germany is a symbol of the global reach of drones as well as of Germany’s role in the US drone war. The base is used for assessing images for targeted killings and for relaying data to the drones. As the drone wars expand, legal standards are massively curtailed or indeed ignored. More and more governments are now using drone technology for military purposes, taking their cue from the legal approach of the USA. When it comes to the drone wars it seems there is no end in sight.
Two panel discussions will explore the issue from various perspectives. Those affected by drone strikes will report on the impact of these attacks in their home countries, activists and investigative journalists will discuss secret drone programs, and lawyers will examine the legal framework of this form of warfare.
Introduction: Andreas Schüller, ECCHR
Statement: Faisal Bin Ali Jaber, survivor of a drone attack in Yemen, activist and petitioner in an administrative law complaint against Germany
The effects of the drone wars in the international fight against terrorism
Jeremy Scahill, journalist, The Intercept (USA)
Shahzad Akbar, lawyer, Foundation for Fundamental Rights (Pakistan)
Chris Woods, director Airwars (UK)
Jennifer Gibson, lawyer, Reprieve (UK)
Moderation: Sarah Harrison, director, Courage Foundation
The German position on the use of armed drones
Oliver Fixson, head of the international law division, German Foreign Office
Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary, ECCHR
Andreas Zimmermann, Professor of Law, University of Potsdam
Moderation: Wolfgang Janisch, Süddeutsche Zeitung


"La Border Curios" by Laura Fiorio

exhibition opening

08.11.2018, 18:00 Uhr

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Zossener Str. 55-58 (Staircase D), 10961 Berlin

6 PM Artist Talk

Before opening the exhibition, Laura Fiorio will discuss her work with Vincent Warren (Center for Constitutional Rights, New York) and Vera Wriedt (ECCHR).

7.30 PM Exhibition Opening


Impunity through externalization? Interventions against human rights violations at sea and beyond


23.10.2018, 18:00 Uhr

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Zossener Str. 55-58 (Staircase D), 10961 Berlin

The forceful closure of migratory routes leads to predictable and systematic human rights violations. It turns the Mediterranean Sea into a site of daily violence and deaths while European authorities...


20 years after Pinochet's arrest: The past and present of transnational justice


17.10.2018, 16:30 Uhr

Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus
Niederkirchnerstraße 5, 10117 Berlin

The event can be followed via livestream.

Berlin's past and present reveal several links to severe human rights violations, as well as to efforts to address past atrocities. The International...


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