Civil action

A civil action is a lawsuit brought by an individual against another private individual or entity. Such cases are heard in civil courts.


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.


KiK: Paying the price for clothing production in South Asia

Textile Industry

Transnational corporations' responsibilities also extend to the working conditions in their subsidiary and supplier companies abroad. This position is supported by survivors and relatives of victims of the fatal fire at the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi. Together with ECCHR, they filed a legal action for compensation against KiK.