Term

Regional Court (Germany)

In Germany, the Regional Court (Landgericht) is the court of first instance in cases of crimes and serious misdemeanors which are liable to involve a sentence of over four years' imprisonment (though cases of homicide are dealt with by another court known as the Schwurgericht). In civil law cases the Regional Court is responsible for all cases involving claims of over 5,000 euro which are not referred on to a district court known as the Amtsgericht. The Regional Court is also a court of second instance for appeals against decisions of the Amtsgericht in criminal and civil cases (apart from family court issues).

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.

Chile

Colonia Dignidad remains dark chapter of German legal history

Colonia Dignidad

Colonia Dignidad, founded by a German named Paul Schäfer in 1961, was a fortress-like German settlement in central Chile where grave human rights violations were committed over several decades. The former doctor of the Colonia Dignidad, Hartmut Hopp, should face prison in Germany.

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 illegally sold Type G36 rifles to the Mexian police.

Pakistan

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.