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.
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.
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.