German Federal Prosecutor must issue arrest warrants for Assad’s inner circle

8 October 2017 - Saydnaya, al-Mezzeh and the Aleppo Air Force Intelligence Branch: for the vast majority of people in Syria, these prison names are synonymous with systematic degradation, unimaginable torture and mass executions. Senior officials of President Bashar al-Assad’s government are responsible for the international crimes committed at these prisons. Two new criminal complaints were filed in Germany against 17 of those most responsible for Assad’s policies of repression. The criminal complaints, submitted by 13 Syrian women and men to the Office of the German Federal Public Prosecutor, concern crimes against humanity and war crimes.The complaints were compiled by the ECCHR in collaboration with the Syrian lawyers and activists Anwar Al-Bunni (SCLSR) and Mazen Darwish (SCM).

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ECtHR judgment: Spain's practice of push-backs violates European Convention on Human Rights

3 October 2017 - Spanish long-standing practice of push-backs at the external borders of the EU is unlawful. Automatic expulsions violate the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in Strasbourg. The judgment came in response to two complaints against Spain brought to the ECtHR in February 2015 by two refugees from Mali and Cote d’Ivoire based on the initiative and expertise of ECCHR. The litigation against Spain has an impact beyond the individual case. It sets a precedent in order to assert the fundamental right to have rights of refugees and migrants

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Torture: Syrian military police defector “Caesar” passes key evidence to German Federal Prosecutor

22 September 2017 - Over several years the group of people supporting the Syrian military police defector known as “Caesar” has obtained thousands of photos of tortured and murdered detainees in Syrian government detention facilities. Now, the “Caesar-File Support Group” for the first time took legal action by filing together with ECCHR a criminal complaint with the German Federal Prosecutor against senior officials from the Syrian intelligence services and the military police concerning crimes against humanity and war crimes. A representative of the “Caesar-File Support Group” also provided the Federal Prosecutor with a set of high-resolution images and metadata.This adds to the evidentiary value of the images and paves the way for further investigatory steps.

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Impunity for war crimes by UK forces in Iraq: International Criminal Court urged to investigate

5 September 2017 - In a communication to the International Criminal Court (ICC), ECCHR reaffirms the need for the Office of the Prosecutor to move beyond a preliminary examination and seek the opening of an investigation into war crimes related to the abuse of detainees in Iraq by UK forces from 2003 to 2008. ECCHR is in particular calling on the ICC to examine the responsibility of senior military and political leaders for the abuse. The ICC Prosecutor opened a preliminary examination of the situation in May 2014 following a communication from ECCHR and Public Interest Lawyers in January 2014.

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