Term

Corporate criminal law

Corporate criminal law regulates the liability of legal persons (e.g. companies, associations, organizations). This area of law is concerned with crimes that are tolerated, facilitated or provoked in the course of the work of a company, association or organization.

Brazil

The safety business: TÜV SÜD's role in the Brumadinho dam failure in Brazil

Dam failure

In January 2019, a dam burst at an iron ore mine near the small Brazilian town of Brumadinho, killing more than 270 people. Toxic sludge contaminated large sections of the Paraopeba River, poisoning the drinking water of thousands of people. Only four months earlier, the Brazilian subsidiary of German certifier TÜV SÜD confirmed the dam's safety, despite known safety risks.

Democratic Republic Congo

No investigations against Danzer manager over human rights abuses against community in DRC

Police Violence

In 2013, ECCHR submitted a criminal complaint against a German manager of timber company Danzer Group. He is accused of aiding and abetting, through omission, the crimes of rape, grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment and arson in the DR Congo.

Yemen

European responsibility for war crimes in Yemen

War crimes

In October 2016, an airstrike – alleged to have been carried out by the Saudi-led military coalition – struck a civilian home in the village of Deir Al-Hajari in northwest Yemen. The intentional directing of attacks against the civilian population amounts to war crimes. ECCHR is taking legal action against this.