SHADOW WORLD

28 November 2016 at 7:30 pm in Babylon Kino Mitte

 
Andrew Feinstein, Author and expert on global arms trade and corruption
Christian Schliemann, ECCHR
 
Global arms trade is the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. The cinematic documentary SHADOW WORLD (directed by Johan Grimonprez, USA/Belgium/Denmark, 94 minutes, 2016, English) reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracies and creates widespread suffering.
 
Through the insights of whistleblowers, investigators, prosecutors and military and industry insiders SHADOW WORLD illustrates how the global arms trade operates in a parallel legal universe, in which the national security elite who drive it are seldom prosecuted for their often illegal actions. Ultimately the film shows the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it, how weapons of war are turned against citizens of liberal democracies and how the arms trade inhibits rather than enhances security for us all.
 
Andrew Feinstein is a leading expert on the global arms trade and corruption. He is the author of “The Shadow World – Inside the Global Arms Trade”) the book on which the film is based, he has guided the production team on the contemporary issues and history addressed in the film. He is founding director of Corruption Watch UK, and is a former ANC Member of Parliament from South Africa where he served under Nelson Mandela.
 
This event is supported by the Bertha Foundation.
 

The Long Road to Justice for the Malaya Lolas

Filipina survivors of WWII sexual slavery seek UN support

10 November 2016, Right Livelihood Award Foundation in Geneva

On 23 November 1944, Japanese troops invaded the district of Mapanique, Candaba in the Philippines. After torturing and killing many inhabitants, the soldiers forced the women and girls to march towards the “Bahay Na Pula” (Red House), the Japanese headquarters. There, the soldiers for weeks repeatedly beat, raped and abused them. Sexual slavery facilities like the Bahay Na Pula had been established all over the Philippines as well as in other countries occupied by Japan during the Second World War.
 
The survivors of these horrific crimes call themselves the “Malaya Lolas” (Free Grandmothers) and have been actively requesting their government for assistance to file a claim for reparations against Japan since 1998. To date, however, Philippine officials have refused to do so. While concerning acts of sexualized violence that happened many decades ago, the Malaya Lolas’ denial of justice has proven to be emblematic for so many other current cases of crimes perpetrated against women in armed conflicts in which high levels of impunity continue to persist.
 
More than 70 years after the atrocities they suffered, many Malaya Lolas have passed away. The few that remain, however, continue to fight to see justice in their lifetime. The Center for International Law Manila (CenterLaw) and the Berlin-based ECCHR are now taking their claim to the UN level.
 
Supported by the Bertha Foundation, survivors, legal representatives and activists will present the Malaya Lolas’ ongoing search for justice at the Right Livelihood Award Foundation:
 
Isabelita Vinuya is the President of the Malaya Lolas and the lead petitioner in the case in the Philippines.
 
Romel Bagares is CenterLaw’s Executive Director and has been representing the Malaya Lolas in the Philippines since 2004.
 
Aileen Reyes Garcia is CenterLaw’s Program Officer and has been accompanying the Malaya Lolas during their political activities in the Philippines.
 
Andreas Schüller heads the International Crimes & Accountability program at ECCHR.
 
Alejandra Muñoz is a legal advisor at ECCHR. Her work focuses mainly on sexualized violence in conflict situations.
 
ECCHR looks forward to welcoming you to this event. We ask that you register at event@ecchr.eu
(please note that no confirmation will be sent).
 

From Washington to Sanaa via Ramstein:

The impact of drone wars on law, warfare and society

18 October 2016, Theater im Aufbau-Haus in Berlin

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.
 
17:00
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
 
17:15
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
 
19:00
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
 
20:30
Reception
 
The event will be held in English and German with simultaneous interpretation into English.
 
ECCHR looks forward to welcoming you to this event. We ask that you register at event@ecchr.eu
(please note that no confirmation will be sent).
 

"Memory and Justice"

An exchange between art, law and civil society on human rights abuses, torture and methods of addressing past wrongs

29 September to 1 October 2016, Akademie der Künste (Berlin)

The Akademie der Künste and ECCHR are hosting the conference “Memory and Justice” from 29 September to 1 October, bringing together artists, lawyers and activists from all over the world to Berlin to examine human rights violations, torture and techniques for coming to terms with past atrocities.
 
A detailed program in English can be found at www.gedächtnis-und-gerechtigkeit.de
 
The Shoah, the Rwandan Genocide and the history of military dictatorship violence in Argentina are just three examples of mass violence and mass crimes that have often been addressed – though far from conclusively – by artists, lawyers and other societal actors. Meanwhile, impunity persists for colonial crimes in Algeria, torture in the “war on terror” and violence in Syria. All of these situations have one thing in common: in the discussion on the response to these crimes, there is little interaction between lawyers, political scientists, activists and artists.
 
The symposium “Memory and Justice” creates a platform for interdisciplinary debates – spanning various epochs and regions – on legal proceedings, inquiries and other state responses to grave crimes and the extent of civil society participation in these processes. Participants will discuss historical and current themes such as the development of international criminal justice since the Nuremberg Trials and efforts to address dictatorship crimes in Latin America as well as examples of colonial crimes around the globe and their follow-on effects.
 
The debate will aim to shed light on the complex relationship between law, collective memory and the creation of a historical narrative: What is the link between prosecutions in a courtroom and a civil society culture of remembering? What are the cultural and political consequences of impunity and public silence concerning grave crimes? And what ethical questions arise when portraying the suffering of others?
 
With this thematic spectrum and several high profile guests the event is aimed at a broad, politically engaged audience. 
The program is curated by Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary of ECCHR and includes podium discussions, film screenings, readings and an exhibition of artistic works.
 
A joint project by the Akademie der Künste and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).

Participants

Jeanine Meerapfel, President, Akademie der Künste
Thomas Krüger, President, Bundeszentale für politische Bildung
Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary, ECCHR
 
Anwar al-Bunni, Lawyer, Activist (Berlin)
Sylvestre Bisimwa, Lawyer (Bukavu, Democratoc Republic of Congo)
Beatriz Brinkmann, Activist (Santiago de Chile)
Reed Brody Human Rights Lawyer (New York)
Estela de Carlotto, Aktivist, President of the association ‚Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo’ (Buenos Aires)
Omar D. Photographer (Paris/Algiers)
Andreas Fanizadeh, Journalist (taz, Berlin)
Juan Garcés Lawyer (Madrid)
Martin Glasenapp Formerly officer for Syria at the NGO medico international (Berlin)
Erich Hackl, Author (Vienna)
Scott Horton, Human Rights Lawyer (New York)
Patrick Kroker, Lawyer, ECCHR (Berlin)
Gila Lustiger, Writer (Paris)
Sara Méndez, Activist (Montevideo)
Jasmina Musić, Actress (Dortmund)
Orit Nahmias, Actress (Berlin)
Milo Rau, Director (Cologne)
Knut Rauchfuss, Doctor and Journalist (Bochum)
Kathrin Röggla, Author and Vice President, Akademie der Künste (Berlin)
Rüdiger Rossig, Journalist, taz (Berlin)
Beate Rudolf, Institute for Human Rights (Berlin)
Fabiana Rousseaux, Psychologist (Buenos Aires)
Volker Schlöndorff, Film Director (Potsdam), tbc
Mark Sealy, Photographer and Curator (London)
Peter Seibert, Literary scholar (Kassel)
Ronen Steinke Writer, Journalist (Munich)
Karina Theurer, Jurist and Editor (Berlin)
Claire Tixeire, Jurist, ECCHR (Berlin)
Ilija Trojanow, Writer (Stuttgart)
Najem Wali, Writer (Berlin)
Thomas Walther, Lawyer and joint plaintiff representative in Nazi trials (Kempten)
Peter Weiss, Lawyer (New York)
Gerhard Werle, Legal Academic (HU Berlin)
Rosa Yassin Hassan, Writer and Activist (Hamburg)
 
Artists:
 
Forensic Architecture (London)
Silvina Der-Meguerditchian (Berlin)
Eduardo Molinari (Buenos Aires)
Nghia Nuyen (Berlin)
 
Venue
 
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin
 
The symposium ist supported by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Press Release: "Memory and Justice" A Joint Project by the Akademie der Künste and ECCHR

PR_Memory and Justice_AdK_ECCHR_20160721.pdf (123.3 KiB)

"Come back safely"

Photographs by Mohamed Badarne

Opening 19 May 2016, ECCHR-Office in Berlin

organized by: ECCHR (Zossener Str. 55-58, 10961 Berlin)
 
Thousands of workers die every year on the world’s construction sites due to poor work and safety conditions. »Come back safely« portrays Palestinian construction workers, and it is dedicated to all the workers who left their homes and never returned, and to those who still set out every day to build a life of dignity.
 
Mohamed Badarne is a Palestinian photographer, trainer, and activist. He leads photography workshops in cooperation with NGOs, community centers, and independent groups, and his own artwork was exhibited in major venues, including the International Labor Organization in Geneva and the UN Headquarters in New York.
 
Opening hours: The exhibition is open from 20 May, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. For an individual visit please contact info@ecchr.eu

"Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition"

New book by Crofton Black and Edmund Clark

Presentation on 3 May 2016, 7pm, ECCHR-Office in Berlin

with
 
Crofton Black

Researcher and reporter at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism; CIA-expert
 
Andreas Schüller
Head of the International Crimes and Accountability program at ECCHR
 
Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition, by counterterrorism investigator Crofton Black and photographer Edmund Clark, is a new book exploring the system of secret detention sites set up by the US Central Intelligence Agency to hold suspected terrorists after 9/11. It includes previously unpublished photographs and documents illuminating the network through which the covert detention program operated.
 
The work confronts the nature of contemporary warfare and the invisible mechanisms of state control and raises fundamental questions about the accountability and complicity of governments and corporations. Read more on the book here.
 
Crofton Black
is an expert on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program and a specialist in military and intelligence corporate contracting. He is a researcher and reporter at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. 
Andreas Schüller
is head of the International Crimes and Accountability program at ECCHR. His work includes legal action on crimes committed in the name of counter-terrorism, including torture, rendition and drone strikes.
 
The event will be held in English with no translation.
 
We kindly ask that you register in advance at event@ecchr.eu.
(Note that no confirmation will be sent)
 

"Tear gas, rubber bullets and fences: Did Europe learn anything from its deaths in Ceuta?"

15 February 2016 at 7pm at ECCHR

with
 
Liliane Zebaze, activist and Ceuta survivor
 
Aboubakar Sidibe, activist
 
Mikel Konate, photographer
 
Hanaa Hakiki, ECCHR
 
On 6th February 2014, the Spanish Guardia Civil opened fire on hundreds of migrants who attempted to circumvent the fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta by swimming. This operation of “protection of EU’s external borders” with rubber bullets and tear gas resulted in the deaths of at least 15 migrants and the injuries of many more. A decision to close the criminal investigation into these deaths was taken by a Spanish court. Though this decision is under appeal, the Spanish practice of brutal and unlawful push backs has established itself as a blue print of external border protection in the EU. Fences were built in Hungary and Bulgaria, and reports of human rights violations at these borders increase.
 
Liliane Zebaze was one of the people in the waters in Ceuta in 2014. She will reflect on the events and comment on the Spanish criminal investigation and the lack of participation of any of the victims and witnesses.
 
Aboubakar Sidibe spent months in the informal camps of Mount Gurugu, near Melilla, raising his voice for the rights of migrants and refugees.
 
Mikel Konate, journalist from Madrid, spent months documenting the situation at the Melilla border. He has also worked at the Hungarian–Serbian border and on the Greek island of Lesbos. He will give his perspective as a journalist on these borders.
 
Hanaa Hakiki is a lawyer and works as a legal adviser in ECCHR on the Migration Project as part of the International Crimes and Accountability team.
 
The event will be held in English with no translation.
 
If you wish to attend the event please register via info@ecchr.eu
 

"Who steals their stories?" - Race, rights and representation

8 February 2016 at 7pm at ECCHR

with
 
Mark Sealy
, Director of Autograph Association of Black Photographers
  
Julia Duchrow, Brot für die Welt
 
Imran Ayata, activist and founder of Kanak Attack
 
Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary ECCHR
 
“Images can dehumanise us. They can make it easier to kill people,” says Mark Sealy, the director of Autograph ABP, the Association of Black Photographers. As a photographer, curator and cultural historian Sealy has a special interest in the relationship of photography to social change, identity politics and human rights. When actors from the Global North work with or on behalf of actors in the Global South, they inevitably reproduce structures of power asymmetry and cultural violence – they “steal” the story of the ones they mean to represent.
 
At ECCHR Sealy will discuss and debate with representatives of the “thieves” – lawyers, artists, academics and human rights activists – the crucial issues of power asymmetry and instrumentalization in their fields of work.
The goal is to discuss these issues as they arise in different professions, including the law, and to draw lessons and parallels from disciplines that have dealt with such questions for a long time already, such as photography.
 
The event will be held in English with no translation.
 
If you wish to attend the event please register via info@ecchr.eu