Rejections and Returns

The EU-Turkey Statement and its consequences for refugees in Greece, Turkey and Germany

The EU-Turkey Statement from March 2016 stipulates that “[a]ll new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey into Greek islands as from 20 March 2016 will be returned to Turkey”. Under the adjusted procedures, people who arrive on the Greek islands are subjected to accelerated border procedures and an initial admissibility test on their asylum claim. The European Asylum Support Office is in charge of “recommending” a decision to the competent Greek Asylum Service. At this event we will look into the ongoing abysmal situation in the Greek Hotspots and discuss the post-deportation risks faced by individuals returned to Turkey.

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Towards Accountability for International Crimes in Syria

Concerted Efforts by Civil Society, national prosecutors and international investigators

SCLSR, SCM, and ECCHR in cooperation with Amnesty International Germany, and Heinrich Böll Foundation, bring together torture survivors, activists and lawyers from Syria as well as researcher and investigators from the national and international level including Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the UN International Impartial Independent Mechanism Investigating Serious Crimes in Syria. Together, we will reflect on the ongoing and possible future efforts for accountability in Syria. One panel will be lead by Syrians, who are at the heart of the criminal complaints in Germany against high ranking officials of the Assad government. The second discussion will shed light on gaps in documentation and challenges of preserving evidence.
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Armed Drones in Italy and Europe

Between military, transarency issues and protection of fundamental rights

In the “global war on terror” the use of remotely piloted aircrafts (drones) has gained momentum. Initially employed for intelligence, surveillance and recognition (ISR) operations, armed drones are now hugely deployed in contemporary armed conflicts as well as in the socalled targeted killings outside the area of active hostilities. This development is not adequately mirrored by public and political debate. Given the alarming paucity of information released by Governments, this conference intends to trigger an in-depth discussion on the implication of drone technology from the standpoint of international law.

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Whistleblowers, lawyers and journalists

How to Unmask the Global Network of Remote Killing

Building on an October 2016 conference ECCHR will launch its new publication “Litigating Drone Strikes: Challenging the Global Network of Remote Killing” featuring contributions from international policy and legal experts. Following the launch  award winning investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee, will present his new report “DRONE, Inc. Marketing the Illusion of Precision Warfare” exposing the contractors, technology and failings behind the US drone war. 

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A Global Quest for Accountability

Lessons from the Habré legal saga

Jacqueline Moudeina from Chad and Reed Brody from the US were two of the architects of the landmark prosecution of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré. Now, ECCHR and Brot are bringing Moudeina and Brody, to a conference of internationally renowned human rights lawyers to Berlin.  

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Exhibiton "Tempest of Vanity"

Exhibition "Tempest of Vanity"

At ECCHR Marek Schovánek presents baked quotations relating to the organization’s work. He will also exhibit »Paintings Made of Cookies«, ironic interpretations of works by the Old Masters.

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How to do Justice?

Accountability for Mass Atrocities in Syria

ECCHR and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung are bringing together survivors of torture and mass atrocities in Syria as well as Syrian lawyers, international activists and legal and political experts to discuss potential avenues for prosecution and the meaning of criminal accountability for the crimes committed in Syria. 

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The US experience

Exceeding legal boundaries in countering terrorism

Waterboarding, sleep deprivation, electric shocks. Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and secret prisons in Eastern Europe. These crimes and sites stand for the so-called "enhanced interrogation" program which the US established post the 9/11 attacks and which was approved by the highest levels of the Bush-Administration.

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