European Court for Human Rights examines push-backs to Idomeni

13 February 2017 - A step forward in the legal struggle against push-back practices in Europe: The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg is examining the large-scale collective expulsions of refugees from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to the border camp Idomeni in Greece in March 2016. To this end, the ECtHR communicated the complaints of eight applicants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to the Macedonian government. The refugees had submitted individual complaints in September 2016 with the support of the ECCHR and PRO ASYL.

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Justice within reach for victims of fatal push-backs at the Spanish-Moroccan border

13 January 2017 - At least 15 people died and several more were injured in February 2014 during an operation by the Guardia Civil, Spain’s paramilitary police force, at the border between Morocco and the Spanish exclave of Ceuta. On January 12th the Audiencia Provincial regional court in Ceuta ordered the reopening of investigations into officials involved in the deadly push-backs. The court found that insufficient witness evidence had been gathered and that the postmortems carried out on the dead were inadequate. The Court’s decision comes in response to a complaint submitted by a Madrid lawyer working with the ECCHR against the closing of proceedings in October 2015. ECCHR supports the victims of Ceuta with legal assitance.

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15 years Guantánamo: Torture Survivor files complaint against Belgium at UN

11 January 2017 - On behalf of Belgian citizen Mosa Zemmouri ECCHR with its cooperation lawyers in Belgium today submitted a complaint (individual communication) against Belgium to the UN Committee against Torture in Geneva. Zemmouri was detained at the US military base in Guantánamo Bay from 2002 to 2005, where he was subjected to brutal beatings as well as sensory deprivation, exposure to extreme temperatures and other severe forms of physical and psychological abuse. The complaint argues that Belgian officials were complicit in the abuse, that Belgium knew about the torture but failed to prevent it, and that Belgian authorities subsequently failed to carry out adequate investigations into the crimes.  

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French company Lafarge sued for Complicity in War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Syria

15 November 2016 - Together with eleven complainants who are former Syrian employees, Sherpa and ECCHR represented by maître Marie Dosé and maître Jean-Christophe Ménard, filed suit against cement-manufacturer Lafarge and its subsidiary Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS) for its actions in Syria. By having business relations with the terrorist group ISIS in Syria, this company may have taken part in the financing of the group, being therefore complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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