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.


Germany must bring alleged Argentine dictatorship criminal Luis K to justice

German citizen involved in Argentine military dictatorship’s most serious crimes

Germany must not be a safe haven for Argentine military dictatorship criminals. That is why the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office should file charges against Luis K, a former naval officer who allegedly participated in crimes against humanity during the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-83). Luis K faces imprisonment in Argentina, so fled to Germany in 2013, where he has lived undisturbed since. The sister of one of the thousands of disappeared and ECCHR filed a criminal complaint in Berlin in 2018, encouraging the German justice system to finally take action.


On the occasion of the arrest of Alaa M


“Suspected perpetrators like the Syrian doctor Alaa M and similar cases must be investigated. However, it is equally important to look beyond individual cases. Torture is widespread in Syria and used as tool to dominate and control the civilian population.” Read on for the whole statement by Patrick Kroker, head of ECCHR’s Syria team.


New investigation challenges European Court of Human Rights ruling on pushbacks

Black Sub-Saharan refugees are given no legal pathways to enter Spain

A new investigation by Forensic Architecture shows that as a result of racist policies at the Spanish-Moroccan border, black Sub-Saharan nationals have no legal pathways to enter and claim protection in Spain. The report, produced by FA in partnership with ECCHR, critically undermines a February 2020 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of “ND and NT v. Spain,” demonstrating that the arguments presented by Spain, and accepted by the court, are false.


Germany must investigate sexual and gender-based violence 
in Syria for what it is: a crime against humanity

Survivors file criminal complaint against Syrian Air Force Intelligence Service

It is long overdue for sexual and gender-based violence in Syrian detention facilities to be investigated and prosecuted as a crime against humanity. This demand is at the core of a criminal complaint submitted on 17 June to the German federal public prosecutor on behalf of seven Syrian survivors of President Assad’s torture regime. It was drafted by the ECCHR, and filed jointly with the Syrian Women’s Network and Urnammu.


Press conference: Germany’s role in the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence in Syria

Thursday, 18 June 2020 – 1 pm CEST

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, ECCHR, Urnammu and Syrian Women’s Network invite you to a press briefing on the commission and severe impacts of sexual and gender-based violence in detention facilities in Syria since March 2011, as well as the importance of gender-sensitive prosecution of crimes against humanity in Germany and elsewhere.

Press Contact

Anabel Bermejo
T: +49 30 69819797

Michelle Trimborn
T: +49 30 40109454

M: presse@ecchr.eu