International Visual Action in Solidarity with the Victims of Ayotzinapa

Call for action

Por Mexiko.© Marcelo Brodsky, Buenos Aires, 2014


Together with Tlachinollan, Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña, the Latinstock Foundation and other Human Rights organizations in Latin America ECCHR calls for an international visual action in solidarity with the victims of kidnapping and murder that happened last September in Iguala, Estado de Guerrero, Mexico.

The visual campaign seeks photographers and groups of students who will pose for a picture with a sign reading in order to express worldwide sympathy and support for the missing students and their parents in their struggle to  pursue justice and truth for this brutal and unimaginable act of violence against unarmed young students. The sign reading will send a message for Truth and Justice to prevail  in Mexico. 

The students and social organizations of Mexico will receive these images and distribute them around the country, in the social networks and in contact with the Mexican Human Rights Organizations such as Tlachinollan, that represents the families of the victims and other Photography and Human Rights organizations in Mexico. For them, this support is essential to strengthen their fight for justice and the respect for Human Rights, a struggle that will gain for them the support of sensible people around the world.


The images can be sent in low resolution to:

© ECCHR, Berlin 2014

"The Secrecy of Return" by Nghia Nuyen

Until April 2015, ECCHR's office, Berlin

Organized by: ECCHR


In his paintings, installations and performances Nghia Nuyen explores the philosophical dimension of the individual and, as a result, the political. At the age of fourteen Nuyen fled Saigon with his family. He was taken on board the ship Cap Anamur belonging to the organization Deutsche Notärzte and has lived in Germany since 1981. In his work as an artist he stages water crossings, giving a ritualized dimension to his experience of fleeing.


Daily from 10am to 4pm, ECCHR offices (Zossener Str. 55-58, 10961 Berlin)

Being a Radical Female Lawyer: Challenges and Vision

13 October 2014, 19:00-21:00, ECCHR's office, Berlin

Organized by: ECCHR, Bertha Foundation


Wolfgang Kaleck, Secretary General ECCHR, and Jennifer Robinson, Bertha Foundation


A Discussion with:

Alejandra Ancheita, Executive Director, Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (ProDesc), Mexico
Lisa Chamberlain, Deputy Director, Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), South Africa
Nomzamo Zondo, Director of Litigation, Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), South Africa
Isha Khandelval, Bertha Fellow Lawyer, Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group, India
Julia Duchrow, Head Legal Advisor, Human Rights and Peace Desk, Brot für die Welt, Germany

German Liability for US Drone Warfare in Yemen

15 October 2014, 19:00, ECCHR's office, Berlin

Organized by: ECCHR, Reprieve (London)


Faisal bin Ali Jaber, lost two family members in a drone strike in Yemen
Kat Craig, Reprieve
Andreas Schüller, ECCHR

On the evening of 29th August 2012, five rockets fired by US drones struck the village of Khashamir in eastern Yemen. Faisal bin Ali Jaber had travelled back to his village to celebrate a wedding with his extended family. While bin Ali Jaber survived, both his brother-in-law and his nephew were killed in the strike. Other family members suffer from ongoing trauma as a result of the attack. The drone strikes were carried out with the involvement of the US military base in Ramstein in the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany. Despite this involvement, the German government continues to deny any responsibility for civilian deaths caused by US drone warfare.

Faisal bin Ali Jaber will give an account of the attack and the work he is undertaking in the USA and Europe to bring an end to drone strikes in his home region.

Kat Craig, legal director at the international human rights organization Reprieve (London), represents relatives of Yemeni and Pakistani victims of drone warfare. She will discuss the legal action currently being taken by Yemeni claimants in various countries.

Andreas Schüller, head of the International Crimes and Accountability program at ECCHR, will examine Germany’s constitutional obligations regarding the use of the Ramstein US airbase to carry out drone strikes.  
The event will be held in English.
We look forward to seeing you there and kindly ask that you register for the event under

Many Hurdles, little liability - How can victims of human rights violations enforce their rights against corporations in Germany?

4 November 2014, 12:30-18:30, Humboldt University, Berlin

Organizers: ECCHR, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and CorA Network for Corporate Accountability

Obstacles, gaps, difficulties: Victims of human rights violations abroad continuously find that they cannot enforce their rights in Germany, even if German corporations are involved in the human rights violations. Two recent scientific studies from the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and from Amnesty International document why plaintiffs in different countries fail when they take corporations to court. Along with other human rights organizations and lawyers, they recommend specific reforms to improve methods of legal protection. At this conference we intend to discuss possible legal and political solutions.

Communication to the ICC on Alleged War Crimes by British Armed Forces in Iraq - Presentation and Evaluation

8 May 2014, 18:00 – 20:00 h, Leiden University, Campus Den Haag

with: Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law (KGF), ECCHR & Public Interest Lawyers (PIL)


Panelists: Wolfgang Kaleck, Phil Shiner (PIL), William Schabas (Leiden University); Moderator: Robert Heinsch (Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum)

Finissage: Impressions of a Dictatorship & Chile Ayer-Hoy

10 April 2014, 7 PM, ECCHR offices


Impressions of a Dictatorship by José Giribas
Chile Ayer-Hoy by Federico Zukerfeld and Loreto Garín Guzmán,

and a conversation with the Argentinian and Chilean artists.

The graphic installation by the Argentinian-Chilean artist couple Federico Zukerfeld and Loreto Garín Guzmán from the group Etcetera is based on the fascist propaganda book "Chile Yesterday Today", which was published in 1975 under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The two artists will speak about their work and their artistic self-concept, particularly with regard to the philosophy of their artistic interventions. As coordinators of the group Etcetera, they have worked closely with the Argentinian human rights organization H.I.J.O.S. and developed the so-called “escraches” – acts of public denunciation as a form of social justice, which should not be left to the judiciary.


The event will take place in English.



Forensis - When Graves Talk

6 April 2014, 3:00 PM, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

with: Markus A. Rothschild, Wolfgang Kaleck (ECCHR)

Forensis: Drones - Making the Invisible Visible

30 March 2014, 3:00 PM, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

with: Shahzad Akbar (Foundation for Fundamental Rights, Pakistan), Andreas Schüller (ECCHR); moderation: Silvia Fehrmann

Forensis: Forensics and Human Rights Abuse

16 March 2014, 3:00 PM, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

with: Wolfgang Kaleck (ECCHR), Anselm Franke; moderation: Silvia Fehrmann

Personal and legal perspectives on targeted killings by drones in Pakistan

Monday, 17 February 2014, at 19h, ECCHR offices

organized by ECCHR & Reprieve

Noor Khan, FATA, Pakistan
Noor Behram, journalist, Pakistan
Shahzad Akbar, Foundation for Fundamental Rights, Pakistan
Jennifer Gibson, Reprieve
Andreas Schüller, ECCHR

Drone strikes in Pakistan have killed countless civilians. The discussions about the use of drones and their political, ethical, moral and legal dimensions have reached the American and European public, parliaments, media, science and judiciaries. However, little is known about the situation of the local population in the affected area of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the Pakistani-Afghani border. Three speakers from Pakistan, Noor Khan, Noor Behram and their lawyer Shahzad Akbar, will talk about their personal experiences with drone strikes. They will share their views about the local circumstances and daily life in which drone strikes interfere. They will explain how to document individual strikes and how they have attempted to enforce their rights before the courts. Jennifer Gibson will then put the Pakistani perspective into the broader international advocacy and litigation framework. She will present developments within the US, Europe and on the international level as to the legality and perspectives of the use of drones for targeted killings. Andreas Schüller will lead through the event and comment on the German Federal Prosecutor’s ceased investigation of one specific drone strike in Pakistan.


The event will take place in English.

More information on Reprieve’s and ECCHR’s work on drones:

The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008

14 January 2014, 6:30 PM, The Law Society, London

by Public Interest Lawyers, ECCHR

On 10 January, 2014, ECCHR and Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) from Birmingham, UK, will submit a communication to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (OTP) in The Hague against high-ranking UK military and civilian state officials including the former Secretary of State for Defence and Minister of State for the Service Personnel. The communication presents evidence for the systematic and widespread use of techniques of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of Iraqi detainees by UK forces between 2003 and 2008. We will present our key findings at the event.
Professor William Schabas, Professor of International Law at Middlesex University and author of ‘The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute’
Wolfgang Kaleck, Founder and General Secretary of the European Centre for Constitutional Human Rights
Phil Shiner, Founder of and Principal solicitor at Public Interest Lawyers
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL