In legal proceedings in Germany, certain categories of persons are entitled to request access to the case files (Akteneinsicht). This right flows from the fundamental right to "informational self-determination." The files are kept with the court overseeing the proceedings and can, on request, be viewed, copied or transcribed. The right to access files can be limited by considerations around the protection of the data of others or for strategic reasons relating to the functioning of the investigation.
In the course of a military action in Gaza in July 2014, Israel's armed forces killed, among others, members of the German-Palestinian Kilani family. Israeli legal authorities have to date refused to investigate. ECCHR, on behalf of Ramsis Kilani from Germany, who lost his father and half-siblings in the strike, demands that Germany investigate.