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No politician or military officer from a Western state has ever sat on the defendants' bench at the International Criminal Court.

Only rarely have transnational companies been held accountable to account for their role in human rights violations. But governments, non-state actors and corporations should know: Those affected by human rights abuses are not powerless. We stand by their side.

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.

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.


Torture in Syria: The path to justice leads through Austria

Austria should follow Germany, Sweden, and France and open investigations into torture in Syria. To this end, survivors of torture in Syria together with ECCHR and its Syrian and Austrian partners will file a criminal complaint with the federal prosecutor in Vienna. We will present the criminal complaint at a press conference on 29 May 2018 in Vienna (10 am, Café Landtmann, Universitätsring 4).


Submission from Sherpa and ECCHR on an indictment of Lafarge for complicity in Crimes against Humanity

Sherpa and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), initiators of a criminal complaint against the cement-manufacturer Lafarge filed in conjunction with 11 former employees, argue, in a Memorandum to the investigative judges, that at this stage of the proceedings, it is necessary to indict the company Lafarge for complicity in crimes against humanity.


Are arms manufacturer and Italian authorities complicit in deadly Saudi-coalition airstrike in Yemen?

Coalition of NGOs files criminal complaint against RWM Italia S.p.A. a subsidiary of German Arms Manufacturer Rheinmetall AG and Italian Arms Export Authority

At 03:00am on 8 October 2016 an airstrike allegedly by the Saudi-led military coalition struck the village of Deir Al-Hajari in Northwest Yemen. The airstrike killed a family of six, including the pregnant mother and four children. At the site of the airstrike bomb remnants were found, and a suspension lug manufactured by RWM Italia S.p.A., a subsidiary of the German Arms Manufacturer Rheinmetall AG.


Forensic video evidence in KiK case

Minor fire safety improvements could have saved lives

A few more exits, accessible stairways and clearly signposted escape routes: a couple of changes would have been enough to save many lives in the fire at Ali Enterprises textile factory on 11 September 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan.


UK war crimes in Iraq probe

ICC prosecutors move to next stage in assessment

The opening of a formal investigation into war crimes committed by UK forces in Iraq is one step closer as prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague progress to the next phase of their preliminary examination.

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