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.
KiK evades its legal responsibility for factory fire
No possibility to achieve justice? The Regional Court in Dortmund will not investigate the facts in the case against the German textile retailer KiK. The proceedings were initiated by four Pakistani plaintiffs who were affected by a fire in a factory belonging to a KiK supplier in Pakistan in September 2012. The court rejected the lawsuit, which aimed to clarify KiK's joint responsibility for the fire safety deficiencies, referring to a statutory limitation.
Claimant: “We achieved a lot: now the proceedings must not fail on questions of a possible statutory limitation!”
“My son has paid with his life for the profits of KiK. Finally, a German court is looking into the case.” For claimant Saeeda Khatoon, the first hearing in the proceedings against German clothing retailer KiK in front of the Dortmund Regional Court is an important step – regardless of its outcome.
Survivors demand real liability, not voluntary aid
On 29 November 2018, a court in Germany will hear for the first time the case of the factory fire at Ali Enterprises, a Pakistani supplier of the German clothing retailer KiK. The day before the hearing, plaintiff Saeeda Khatoon will speak about the Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association’s transnational fight for justice in the supply chains of the global clothing industry. Miriam Saage-Maaß will give insights into the legal background and the legal-political significance of the case.
After Germany, Sweden and France, Austrian authorities have initiated investigations into the Syrian intelligence services for their role in systematic torture. The investigations were opened following a criminal complaint filed in May 2018 to the public prosecutor in Vienna. In Germany, similar complaints contributed to an arrest warrant against the head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Service.
Roşia Montană community voices to be heard in illegal gold mine litigation as international consortium hands in an amicus curiae brief
On Friday, 2 November 2018, public interest law organizations filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Roşia Montană community affected by an illegal gold mine project in Romania to include their perspectives in arbitration proceedings at the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), housed at the World Bank.
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