From Idomeni to Strasbourg: Refugees demand their right to have rights at the ECtHR

14 September - Eight individuals from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are resisting the violation of their human rights on the route across the borders of Europe. They submitted a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against their unlawful push-back from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to the border camp Idomeni in Greece in March 2016. these legal proceedings as an important step in the struggle against push-backs at European borders and for refugees’ fundamental “right to have rights” as well as to enforce human rights as a fundamental principle.

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Factory fire in Pakistan: Stage win for victims in proceedings against KiK before German Court

30 August 2016 - Justice for the 260 dead and 32 injured: that’s the demand from those injured and bereaved by a devastating fire at the Ali Enterprises clothing factory in Karachi, Pakistan. In March 2015, four victims brought a legal action against the German clothing discounter KiK at the Regional Court in Dortmund. KiK was the main client of the factory, which was destroyed in a fire in September 2012. Today the court issued an initial decision: the court has accepted jurisdiction and granted legal aid to the claimants to cover their costs. This decision is a first step towards dealing with human rights violations by German companies abroad for German courts.

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After Chilcot report: Still waiting for justice for British war crimes in Iraq

7 June 2016 - ECCHR welcomes the release of the Chilcot report on very important issues regarding the Iraq war: “Even if the Chilcot Report does not lead to any direct legal consequences for former Prime Minister Tony Blair, waging a war of aggression is a crime against international law. This was established in the Nuremberg trials and must be clear to all present day heads of government. In future those responsible for such crimes must face prosecution.” ECCHR also welcomes the statement from the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicating that her office will analyze the report as part of its preliminary examination into the liability of British military officials for the torture of detainees in Iraq. 

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