Inadequate investigation by Germany into US drone strike in Pakistan
23 October 2013 - Today ECCHR published an expert opinion criticizing the findings of investigatory proceedings into a US drone strike on Bünyamin E., a German citizen. Bünyamin E. was killed by a drone on 4 October 2010 in Mir Ali, Pakistan. Subsequently, the German Prosecutor General commenced criminal investigations. These investigations, however, were closed on 20 June 2013.
Colombian General Freddy Padilla gives up his position as ambassador to Austria after allegations of international crimes
7 October 2013 - The Colombian Ambassador to Austria renounced his position after ECCHR submitted a dossier on war crimes allegations against him. On 19 August 2013, ECCHR submitted a dossier on General Freddy Padilla de León to the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which was made public last week. Thereupon, the Colombian Chancellery announced that Padilla filed his resignation request a month ago – just a few weeks after the submission of the ECCHR-dossier – and that he will formally resign and return to Colombia in November 2013.
Series of events on 11 September 1973: Military Coup in Chile
Crimes, Resistance and Legal Intervention
On the 40th anniversary of the Chilean military coup and to mark the 15th anniversary of Pinochet’s arrest in London, we are hosting a series of events to explore what impact these historic moments had on the global human rights movement. How have these events inspired similar actions in the global struggle for social justice? What effects do they still have today on legal interventions?
Why the ICC must investigate the situation of Colombia
On 9 July 2013 ECCHR together with the Colombian human rights organisation CAJAR as well as the Colombian trade union confederation CUT submitted a Follow-up Communication to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court requesting the initiation of a formal investigation into crimes against humanity committed in Colombia. On the one hand, we comment on the Interim Report on Colombia issued by the OTP in November 2012. On the other hand, we analyse the crime of persecution as a crime against humanity which is also fulfilled in the context of anti-union violence in Colombia.
OECD complaint filed by human rights groups against British surveillance company moves forward
25 June 2013 - A complaint filed with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) against Gamma International, a UK-based company accused of selling surveillance spyware for governments, will proceed and has been accepted for consideration, the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD announced. The decision by the NCP is instrumental in the ongoing campaign to hold surveillance companies accountable for their products and the potential enabling of governments to commit human rights abuses.
Nestlé has nothing to fear from Swiss legal system
10 May 2013 – Fourteen months after receiving a criminal complaint, the office of public prosecution in the Swiss Canton of Waadt decided on 1 May 2013 not to investigate whether Nestlé and its managers were liable for negligently contributing to the death of Colombian Nestlé trade unionist Luciano Romero. In March 2012 ECCHR together with Colombian partner organizations lodged a complaint with the prosecution in the German speaking Canton of Zug, who failed to initiate an investigation and instead handed the proceedings over to the Canton of Waadt.