Term

Access to case files

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.

Afghanistan

Constitutional complaint regarding air strike at Kunduz in September 2009

Kunduz

In September 2009, two US fighter jets bombed a large group of people and two tanker trucks on a sandbar in the Kunduz River in Afghanistan. More than 100 people were killed or injured. ECCHR supports a criminal investigation in the matters and supports the affected persons' compensation claims.

Mexico

Brutal police operation in Mexico: Responsibility of German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch

Arms Exports

In February 2019, the Regional Court in Stuttgart (Germany) convicted employees of the arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch in a case concerning the shipment of rifles to Mexico. The court investigated whether, between 2006 and 2009, Heckler & Koch sold Type G36 rifles to the police in the Mexican state of Guerrero despite the fact that these exports were not authorized by Germany.