Who we are

To counter injustice with legal interventions – this is the aim and daily work of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

ECCHR is an independent, non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to enforcing civil and human rights worldwide. It was founded in 2007 by Wolfgang Kaleck and other international human rights lawyers to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other human rights declarations and national constitutions, through legal means.

Together with those affected and partners worldwide, ECCHR uses legal means to end impunity for those responsible for torture, war crimes, sexual and gender-based violence, corporate exploitation and fortressed borders.


EU: Bolster Justice Efforts Worldwide

EU Day Against Impunity Highlights Prospects, Challenges

Human rights groups demand that the European Union (EU) and its member states should take concrete steps to strengthen the international justice system, including through national prosecutions of crimes under international law. The groups issued this statement on the European Union Day Against Impunity.


Opening of pre-trial hearings against Iuventa crew

Alarming developments for civil society

Today, the Tribunal of Trapani in Sicily, opened the preliminary hearings against four crew members of the civil search and rescue ship Iuventa. The judge will decide as to whether the defendants should stand trial for “facilitating illegal entry” of migrants to Italy. ECCHR is partnering with several other organizations to closely monitor the proceedings, however, the prosecution blocked all requests by the public to attend today’s session.


Charges Confirmed against Lafarge for Complicity in Crimes against Humanity in Syria

Today, the Investigative Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeals decided: French multinational Lafarge is facing the charge of complicity in crimes against humanity. Lafarge, via its subsidiary, has allegedly paid up to 13 million euro to several armed groups including the Islamic State in order to keep its Syrian cement factory running. ECCHR and Sherpa, the NGOs which initiated this case, welcome this decisive ruling which confirms that a company alleged of knowingly paying several million dollars to a criminal organisation, can face charges of complicity in the gravest crimes.


New report reveals: Arms exports by Spanish company Airbus to Saudi Arabia and UAE may have contributed to war crimes in Yemen

NGOs call on the International Criminal Court to open an investigation

The report "Spanish arms exports and alleged war crimes in Yemen" by Amnesty International, Centre Delàs for Peace Studies and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) reveals new evidence regarding arms exports by the Spanish company Airbus Defence and Space S.A. to Saudi Arabia (SA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as their use in alleged war crimes in Yemen committed between the start of the conflict in 2015 and June 2021. It documents arms exports to both countries, while highlighting Spain’s role in the production, export and maintenance of the combat aircraft Eurofighter Typhoon, as well as the aerial refueling tanker plane A330 MRTT.


Adidas, Hugo Boss, Puma and Co.: Sourcing cotton produced with forced labor?

Despite assurances, cotton from Xinjiang apparently still detectable in textiles

Cotton from the Chinese province of Xinjiang can still be detected in the clothing of German brands, including Adidas, Hugo Boss and Puma - this is shown by research undertaken by the investigative format STRG_F (NDR/funk). Cotton sourced from this region carries the risk that it was produced using forced labor. Previously, these textile companies publicly guaranteed that they would no longer use cotton from Xinjiang. However, they apparently continue to do, as STRG_F has now discovered in cooperation with Agroisolab Jülich and the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein

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