No rights for unaccompanied minors at the Spanish-Moroccan border
9 August 2017 - The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is examining the individual communication against Spain on behalf of the unaccompanied Malian minor D.D. In December 2014, the boy was pushed back to Morocco after he climbed the border fences at Melilla to enter the Spanish enclave. D.D.’s communication was filed by one of ECCHR’s cooperation lawyers. It challenges the unlawful return from Spain to Morocco and seeks to reclaim the fundamental rights of unaccompanied minors at the borders of the European Union.
Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia must meet international standards on command responsibility
28 July 2017 - The Colombian Congress has passed a law which fails to meet the standards of the ICC on command responsibility. On the contrary, there is a real risk that it will reinforce and cement the impunity enjoyed by those – particularly within the military – bearing greatest responsibility for international crimes. ECCHR addressed this question of international law in an amicus curiae brief filed with the Colombian Constitutional Court at Bogotá as part of the Court’s assessment of the provisions on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.
Important step in the Lafarge/Syria case: French Court nominates investigative judges
13 June 2017 - France has launched a judicial inquiry into the Syrian activities of cement and construction group LafargeHolcim. The judicial investigation entrusted to three judges since 6 June 2017 follows a criminal complaint filed by a number of former Syrian Lafarge employees together with ECCHR and French NGO Sherpa in November 2016. The formal opening of the investigations in the Lafarge/Syria case is an important step towards showing that corporations are not beyond the law and must be held to account.
Torture: CIA deputy Gina Haspel must face arrest on travelling to Germany or Europe
7 June 2017 – An arrest warrant for CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel: that’s the aim of a new dossier from the ECCHR submitted to the German Federal Public Prosecutor (Generalbundesanwalt) in Karlsruhe. Haspel was appointed to the position by US President Donald Trump in February 2017. The information submitted by ECCHR on 6 June 2017 documents Haspel’s role in the torture of detainees while she was serving as head of a secret CIA prison in Thailand. In the dossier, ECCHR argues that Haspel oversaw the daily torture of detainees at the black site in 2002 and failed to do anything to stop it. The dossier on Haspel is a follow-up to ECCHR’s criminal complaint on the US torture program filed with the Federal Public Prosecutor in December 2014.