Grave Crimes


Impunity for crimes against international law means that torture, extrajudicial killings by drones and sexualized violence in armed conflicts are not investigated or brought before the courts. It might be obvious that dictatorships violate human rights. But even democratic governments sometimes fail to adequately uphold their human rights commitments. Whether through complicity or self-interest – politics and power often trump law and justice. ECCHR fights impunity for such crimes through strategic legal interventions. In the case of grave crimes against international law, going before the International Criminal Court is not the only option. In some cases, a complaint to a regional body like the European Court of Human Rights or a national court might be the best approach for challenging serious, systematic human rights violations.

Double Standards & Democracies

No politician or military officer from a Western state has ever sat on the defendants' bench at court for international crimes. However, powerful perpetrators can and must face prosecution. ECCHR will use all the means the law provides in order to pursue justice.

Repression & War

Dictators and repressive regimes often assume that they will enjoy impunity for persecuting opposition activists, brutally suppressing peaceful protests, and sexually abusing women. ECCHR seeks to put an end to such crimes by ensuring that those responsible are brought before courts.

Justice & Memory

It is impossible to build a just society on foundations of impunity and forgetting. Remembering and addressing past atrocities as well as seeking justice can form part of the individual and collective healing process.