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.


French arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Human rights organisations and investigative media challenge France's opaque arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE before the French administrative court and demand transparency

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the French investigative media NGO, Disclose, demand the Paris administrative court order French customs authorities to disclose information relating to the export of military equipment, training and maintenance to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The lack of transparency into France’s arms transfers is a major obstacle to parliamentary, judicial and democratic control, inhibiting a meaningful oversight of France’s international obligations under human rights law.


Historic victory before French Supreme Court on the indictment of multinational Lafarge for complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria

Today, France’s highest court, the Cour de cassation, decided that Lafarge’s indictment for complicity in crimes against humanity was wrongly canceled by the Paris Appeals Court. This charge had been issued in connection to payments made by Lafarge to the Islamic State and other armed groups in Syria between 2012 and 2014. Today, the Supreme Court found that knowingly transferring millions of dollars to an organization whose sole purpose is criminal is enough to characterize complicity. The Supreme Court therefore ordered for the case to be sent back to the Appeals Court on this charge.


Forced labor of Uyghurs: German textile brands and retailers allegedly complicit in crimes against humanity

ECCHR filed a criminal complaint in Germany against several high-profile textile brands and retailers. Hugo Boss, Lidl and other companies are allegedly directly or indirectly abetting and profiting from alleged forced labor of the Uyghur minority in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in western China and might therefore be involved in crimes against humanity.


Statement on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearences

Today, on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 33 undersigned local, regional, and international organizations, associations, and networks come together to highlight the dramatic and persistent nature of enforced disappearances in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the accompanying impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of these crimes throughout the region.


Germany’s Federal Public Prosecutor files charges against Syrian doctor Alaa M

Torture in Syrian military hospital

Today, the German Federal Prosecutor's Office announced that it has filed charges under the principle of universal jurisdiction against Alaa M, a Syrian doctor who fled to Germany. He is suspected of complicity in offences of sexual violence, torture, and the killing of Syrian civilians while working as a doctor and intelligence officer in the military hospital Mezzeh No. 601, known as the "Human Slaughterhouse" where the so-called Caesar photos were taken, the military hospital No. 608 and the detention center 261 of the military intelligence services in Homs. The trial could possibly begin later this year at the Frankfurt/Main Higher Regional Court.

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