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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 and exploitation.

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 protecting civil and human rights worldwide. It was founded in 2007 by a small group of 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, by juridical means.


Are arms manufacturer and Italian authorities complicit in deadly Saudi-coalition airstrike in Yemen?

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.


Forensic video evidence in KiK case

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.


UK war crimes in Iraq probe

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.


More crime scenes, more suspects: New criminal complaints by Syrian torture survivors

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.


Judgment in Strasbourg on the complaints of two refugees

Expulsions conducted by Spain at the EU's external borders violate the European Convention on Human Rights

Die langjährige Praxis der Push-Backs an den Außengrenzen der Europäischen Union ist rechtswidrig. Sie verstößt gegen die Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention urteilte nun der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte in Straßburg.

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