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 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.
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.
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.
Other states should follow the lead by the German judiciary
“The arrest warrant against Jamil Hassan is a milestone and an important step for all affected by the Assad’s torture system – for the survivors, for the family members and also for those who are still held in the government-run detention facilities all over Syria”, says Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary of ECCHR. It is an encouraging sign for 24 Syrian torture survivors and activists, whose testimonies contributed to the arrest warrant. Together with Syrian lawyers Anwar al-Bunni and Mazen Darwish and ECCHR, they filed four criminal complaints in Germany against high-ranking officials of the Assad government. Jamil Hassan is the head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence.
Austrian authorities should follow the example set in Germany, Sweden and France and initiate investigations into systematic torture under Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. To help achieve this goal, on 28 May 2018, 16 Syrian women and men filed a criminal complaint with the prosecutor in Vienna. The complaint is directed against 24 senior officials in the Assad government.
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