German prosecutor paves the way for first Syrian cases under universal jurisdiction laws
11 May 2017 - Criminal complaint in March, witness hearings in May: the German Federal Prosecutor has responded promptly to the first criminal complaint filed in Germany on torture in Syria. This week the complainants – nine Syrian torture survivors now living in Germany – gave witness evidence in Berlin. These nine women and men, including lawyers Anwar al-Bunni and Mazen Darwish witnessed or were themselves subjected to torture in Syrian military intelligence run prisons. ECCHR worked with them to file a criminal complaint in Karlsruhe in March 2017 under the principle of universal jurisdiction against senior officials in Bashar al Assad’s government.
In Memoriam Michael Ratner
11 May 2017 - Today marks one year that our friend, co-founder and council chairman Michael Ratner, one of the most visionary and influential human rights lawyers of our time, passed away. We continue missing him, but also continue the work he so dearly believed in. Watch here parts of ECCHR’s Michael Ratner Colloquium held last year in Berlin, which also marked the 50th anniversary of his home institution, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).
Greek Hotspots: EU Ombudsman must investigate conduct of European Asylum Support Office
02 May 2017 – The work of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the Greek Islands not only lacks a legal basis, it also fails to respect core standards of fairness. This is the conclusion of the ECCHR after analyzing a series of admissibility interviews conducted by EASO officers at the “Hotspots” in Greece. ECCHR has therefore submitted a complaint against EASO to the European Ombudsman requesting the suspension of EASO’s involvement in admissibility interviews and the limitation of its activities to conduct not in breach of EU law.
UN to assess Bayer and Syngenta's adherence to international standard on pesticides management
7 April 2017 - Together with organizations from Europe and Asia ECCHR submitted a complaint to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in October 2015 on the marketing of hazardous pesticides by Bayer and Syngenta in Punjab/India. Pesticides are sold without adequate labels, available protective clothing, and proper training of the farmers and dealers as the report shows. A video containing farmers' testimonies was submitted as additional evidence to the FAO and is only released today. The FAO will assess companies' adherence to the Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management during its annual meeting ofthe Panel of Experts in New Delhi from 10 to 13 April and invited the coalition to present its view.