Here you can find all ongoing and past ECCHR cases in France.


Lafarge in Syria – Accusations of complicity in grave human rights violations

Armed Conflict

Eleven former Syrian employees of French company Lafarge submitted a criminal complaint against Lafarge. By having business relations with the terrorist group ISIS in Syria, the company may have taken part in the financing of the group, being therefore complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Surveillance in Syria: European firms may be aiding and abetting crimes against humanity

Surveillance technology

The Syrian intelligence services have been collecting without cause information about political opponents, members of the opposition and human rights activists. Spying often goes hand in hand with torture. Software from Western corporations may have played a role in the surveillance. In order to address this, transnational investigations have to be initiated.


France: Court must continue to pursue Guantánamo torture cases


Since 2002, the French judiciary has been conducting investigations into the U.S. torture program and the high-ranking officials responsible for it. In December 2019, the Court of Appeal (Chambre de l'instruction de la Cour d'appel) in Paris will decide whether the investigations will continue. ECCHR demanded the Court to summon former US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.


Rumsfeld torture cases


Between 2004 and 2007, three complaints were filed in Germany and in France against members of the US Government, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and members of the military forces in connection with war crimes, torture and other criminal acts in the military prisons of Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib.