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International crimes and accountability

International crimes and accountability

Intro

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.
International crimes and accountability

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.
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International crimes and accountability

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.
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International crimes and accountability

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.
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cases

  • Afghanistan - Kunduz - German armed forces
  • Argentina - Military dictatorship - Germany
  • Argentina - Military dictatorship - Käsemann
  • Argentina - Military dictatorship - Ledesma
  • Argentina - Military dictatorship - Mercedes Benz
  • Argentina - Military dictatorship - Minera Aguilar
  • Bahrain - Arab Spring - Torture
  • Bahrain - Torture - Attorney General
  • Bahrain - Torture - Prince Nasser
  • Chechnya - Repression - LGBTQ
  • Chechnya - Torture - Impunity
  • Chile - Colonia Dignidad - Germany
  • Colombia - Armed conflict - General Padilla
  • Colombia - Armed conflict - Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Colombia - Armed conflict - Trade unionist murders
  • Colombia - Peace process - Transitional justice
  • Colombia - Repression - Human rights defenders
  • Democratic Republic Congo - Armed conflict - Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Drones - Italy - Sigonella
  • Drones - Pakistan - Germany
  • Drones - Yemen - Ramstein
  • Egypt - Arab Spring - Protests
  • Gaza - War crimes - Kilani
  • Institute - Research & Academia - Lumumba
  • Italy - Double standards - Terrorism lists
  • Philippines - Sexual and gender-based violence - Malaya Lolas
  • Serbia - NATO - Varvarin
  • Spain - Franco dictatorship - Baltasar Garzón
  • Sri Lanka - Armed conflict - Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Sri Lanka - Armed conflict - War crimes
  • Syria - Armed conflict - Lafarge
  • Syria - Sexual violence - Air force intelligence
  • Syria - Surveillance technology - Corporate responsibility
  • Syria - Torture - Air force intelligence
  • Syria - Torture - Al-Khatib trial
  • Syria - Torture - Austria
  • Syria - Torture - Caesar
  • Syria - Torture - Military intelligence
  • Syria - Torture - Norway
  • Syria - Torture - Saydnaya
  • Syria - Torture - Sweden
  • Syria - Torture - Trial monitoring
  • USA - Guantánamo - Belgium
  • USA - Guantánamo - El Haski
  • USA - Guantánamo - France
  • USA - Guantánamo - Spain
  • USA - Torture - Bush
  • USA - Torture - El Masri
  • USA - Torture - Gina Haspel
  • USA - Torture - Maher Arar
  • USA - Torture - Rumsfeld
  • United Kingdom - Iraq - Torture
  • Uzbekistan - Torture - Almatov
  • Yemen - Arms exports - Europe
  • Yemen - War crimes - RWM Italia