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 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, through legal means.

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


OECD complaint against Italian auditor RINA

Anniversary of factory fire in Pakistan

More than 250 people died in a fire at the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi, Pakistan, on 11 September 2012. Only three weeks before, Italian auditor RINA Services S.p.A. certified the factory for abiding to international labour standards. Marking the six year anniversary of the disaster ECCHR together wih an international coalition filed an OECD complaint in Rome against RINA Services S.p.A., the auditing company that could have prevented hundreds of deaths by doing its work properly.


European Ombudsperson should not close inquiry into maladministration by EASO in Greek Hotspots

Tackling the accountability and fairness of admissibility interviews

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) must be held to account for blatant failures in its work in the Greek Hotspots. ECCHR requested the European Ombudsperson not to close the inquiry into maladministration by EASO in the reception centers in Greece. The interviews for international protection conducted by EASO take place in a vacuum of accountability that should be addressed.


German Ministry of Economic Affairs acknowledges need for reform of factory audits in the textile industry

OECD complaint on TÜV Rheinland’s audit report on Rana Plaza manufacturer

It is long overdue to overhaul audit procedures. The Final Statement of the German National Contact Point (NCP) on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in the Rana Plaza proceeding against the auditing company TÜV Rheinland should pave the way to fundamental reforms. In May 2016, ECCHR and its partners filed an OECD complaint against TÜV Rheinland for an audit report for a factory in the Rana Plaza complex.


Landmark Decision in Lafarge Case

Company Lafarge Indicted - Complicity in Crimes Against Humanity Included

Paris, June 28, 2018 - Today, cement company Lafarge was indicted by investigative judges on charges of complicity in crimes against humanity, financing of a terrorist enterprise, and endangerment of people’s lives. The indictment of the company itself comes after eight Lafarge former executives are already under formal investigation. This landmark decision must press Lafarge to face its responsibilities and open an independent compensation fund so that all former employees receive appropriate remedies.


Joint letter: 14 Syrian and international human rights organisations support ECCHR's complaint against Italy

In a complaint to the European Commission ECCHR demands the opening of infringement procedures against Italy. The EU Commission shall examine whether Ali Mamluk's - Director of Syria's National Security Bureau (NSB) - visit to Italy involves a breach of European Union (EU) law. Although Mamluk has been designated on the EU sanctions list, he was received by then Interior Minister Minniti at the beginning of 2018. As Director of the NSB is in command of the four intelligence agencies in Syria and is thus responsible for the torture of thousands of detainees. 14 Syrian and international human rights organisations expressed their support for the complaint in a Joint Letter to the EU Commission.

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