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.
Complaint against Bayer in Germany: Pesticides labels for India lack important warnings for pregnant women
19 October 2016 - Together with partners from India and Germany ECCHR has lodged a complaint with the regional Chamber of Agriculture in Bonn, Germany, against Bayer CropScience AG and Bayer AG. The reason: In Europe Bayer sells the hazardous product Nativo 75 WG with the warning: “suspected of damaging the unborn child”. This warning is not included on the same product after it is exported to and made available in India. ECCHR calls on the authorities to determine whether Bayer is breaching rules on the export of pesticides.
Hans-Litten-Award 2016 goes to Wolfgang Kaleck and Miriam Saage-Maaß
15 October 2016 - Wolfgang Kaleck, Secretary General of ECCHR and Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß, Vice Legal Director of the organization have been awarded this year’s Hans-Litten-Award by the German Association of Democratic Lawyers (VDJ). With the prize the VDJ acknowledged the work of Kaleck and Saage-Maaß on the strategic litigation of ECCHR’s projects. As examples the VDJ pointed to the case work on the textile industry, US drone wars and migration.