No politician or military officer from a Western state has ever sat on the defendants' bench at the International Criminal Court.
Only rarely have transnational companies been held accountable to account for their role in human rights violations. But governments, non-state actors and corporations should know: Those affected by human rights abuses are not powerless. We stand by their side.
Together with affected persons and partners worldwide, ECCHR uses legal means to end impunity of those responsible for torture, massacre, rape, corporate exploitation and fortressed borders.
To counter injustice with legal interventions – this is the aim and daily work of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).
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 together with other renowned human rights lawyers, in order to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other declarations of human rights and national constitutions, through legal means.
Sherpa and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), initiators of a criminal complaint against the cement-manufacturer Lafarge filed in conjunction with 11 former employees, argue, in a Memorandum to the investigative judges, that at this stage of the proceedings, it is necessary to indict the company Lafarge for complicity in crimes against humanity.
Coalition of NGOs files criminal complaint against RWM Italia S.p.A. a subsidiary of German Arms Manufacturer Rheinmetall AG and Italian Arms Export Authority
At 03:00am on 8 October 2016 an airstrike allegedly by the Saudi-led military coalition struck the village of Deir Al-Hajari in Northwest Yemen. The airstrike killed a family of six, including the pregnant mother and four children. At the site of the airstrike bomb remnants were found, and a suspension lug manufactured by RWM Italia S.p.A., a subsidiary of the German Arms Manufacturer Rheinmetall AG.
Minor fire safety improvements could have saved lives
A few more exits, accessible stairways and clearly signposted escape routes: a couple of changes would have been enough to save many lives in the fire at Ali Enterprises textile factory on 11 September 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan.
ICC prosecutors move to next stage in assessment
The opening of a formal investigation into war crimes committed by UK forces in Iraq is one step closer as prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague progress to the next phase of their preliminary examination.
German Federal Prosecutor must issue arrest warrants for Assad's inner circle
Together with ECCHR 13 Syrian women and men submitted a criminal complaint to the Office of the German Federal Public Prosecutor concerning crimes against humanity and war crimes. The complaints were compiled by ECCHR in collaboration with the Syrian lawyers and activists Anwar al-Bunni and Mazen Darwish.
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