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, war crimes, sexualized violence, corporate exploitation and fortressed borders.


Germany must investigate certifier TÜV SÜD’s responsibility

A year after the Brumadinho dam failure in Brazil

German certifier TÜV SÜD continues to deny all responsibility for the fatal dam breach at an iron ore mine near Brumadinho (Brazil). The dam burst on 25 January 2019, killing 272 people, destroying the environment and contaminating drinking water. Four months earlier, TÜV SÜD confirmed the dam’s stability on behalf of mine operator Vale S.A.


Made in Europe, bombed in Yemen

ICC must investigate the responsibility of European corporate and political actors for complicity in alleged war crimes in Yemen

Eurofighter, Tornados, MK 80 series bombs – European arms are used in the war in Yemen, there is ample and reliable evidence of this. Are therefore European arms companies’ executives and licensing officials potentially aiding and abetting alleged war crimes committed by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Yemen? This question is at the core of a ground-breaking Communication submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 11 December 2019.


Made in Europe, bombed in Yemen: How the ICC could tackle the responsibility of arms exporters and government officials


In Yemen, all parties to the armed conflict are responsible for the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian law, some of which may amount to war crimes. Yet, most of the indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian homes, markets, hospitals and schools are carried out by the military coalition (the “Coalition”) led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – two of the largest customers of the European arms industry.


BBC Panorama / Sunday Times investigation

Joint letter

We write to you following the BBC Panorama and Sunday Times joint investigation which found evidence the Ministry of Defence and some elements within the Armed Forces have repeatedly covered up evidence of war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The allegations of an apparent cover up are profoundly disturbing and a stain on the reputation of the United Kingdom as a global human rights leader. Adherence by the UK to international humanitarian law and accountability for breaches of it are important for the safety of UK forces in conflict.


Assad’s senior intelligence officers accused of torture – Syrian torture survivors file criminal complaint in Norway

Europe has opportunity to hold Syria accountable for state torture

Trials and investigations in Europe can pave the way to end impunity for grave crimes committed by the government of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Five torture survivors filed criminal charges, including crimes against humanity, against 17 senior officials of Assad’s security apparatus on 11 November in Oslo. The crimes detailed in the complaint were committed in 14 detention facilities throughout Syria by officials connected to the Military Intelligence, General Intelligence and Political and Criminal Security divisions.

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