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.
France: Former Guantánamo detainees ask to summon one of Bush's "Architects of Torture"
12 October 2016 - Supported by ECCHR and the New York-based CCR two former Guantánamo detainees urged a French judge to subpoena William “Jim” Haynes, the former General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) during the Bush administration. They request the court to question Haynes on his role in the torture and other serious mistreatment of the former detainees. ECCHR and CCR support the case with an export report that details Haynes’ responsibility in Bush's interrogation and detention policies.