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).

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 international 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.

Together with affected persons and partners worldwide, ECCHR uses legal means to end impunity of those responsible for torture, massacre, sexualized violence, corporate exploitation and fortressed borders.


Groundbreaking judgement on Germany’s role in US drone program

Yemeni claimants win case in Germany: German government must ensure that US respects international law at Ramstein

In the case “Bin Ali Jaber v Germany,” the Higher Administrative Court in Münster found in favor of the claimants from Yemen on key aspects. Germany must now take action to ensure that the US respects international law in its use of Ramstein Air Base. Ramstein plays a key role in US drone strikes and thus in many cases in the deaths of innocent people.


Death via Ramstein: Appeal hearing at the Higher Administrative Court in Münster

Upcoming court date

The case bin Ali Jaber vs. Germany, addressing Germany’s responsibility for US drone strikes, is now on appeal. On 14 March 2019, the appeal hearing will take place at the Higher Administrative Court for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Torture in Syria: Survivors file new complaint in Sweden against Assad’s Intelligence Chiefs

Europe’s role in the fight for accountability and justice

Ohne Aufarbeitung und Gerechtigkeit für die Verbrechen aller Konfliktparteien in Syrien wird es keinen dauerhaften Frieden geben. Deutschland und Frankreich haben mit den ersten Festnahmen und den internationalen Haftbefehlen gegen hochrangige Verantwortliche des Folter-Systems unter Präsident Baschar al-Assad erste, wichtige Schritte getan. Diesem Beispiel müssen weitere Länder in Europa folgen. Deswegen haben neun Folterüberlebende aus Syrien gestern in Stockholm (Schweden) eine Strafanzeige gegen hochrangige Geheimdienstbeamte der Assad-Regierung eingereicht – unter anderem wegen Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit.


UN Committee Condemns Spain: Push-Back Policy Violates Children’s Rights

Spain obliged to amend law on border expulsions

“This decision of the UN Committee makes me happy. I want the whole world to know about it and that these violations never happen again,” says D.D. from Mali. This is the first decision on push-backs by the CRC. It came in response to a complaint submitted by D.D. in November 2015 with the support of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and Fundación Raíces. The Committee found Spain’s practice to be in violation of several provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Torture in Syria: Senior ex-official from Assad government arrested in Germany

Another milestone in the fight against impunity

A former member of the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate was arrested yesterday at the behest of the Federal Court of Justice. This could lead to the first trial anywhere in the world examining the responsibility of senior members of the Syrian intelligence agencies of President Bashar al-Assad for crimes of torture. The ECCHR supports torture survivors from Syria in these proceedings. Their testimonies and research conducted by ECCHR contributed to the issuance of the arrest warrant against Anwar R.

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