French Appeals Court Urged to Subpoena Former Guantánamo Commander in Torture Investigation

5 March 2015 – Today, at an appeals hearing at the Chambre de l’instruction de la Cour d’appel de Paris, the attorney for former Guantánamo detainees Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali, William Bourdon, challenged an April 2014 decision by two French investigative judges not to subpoena former Guantánamo Commander Geoffrey D. Miller to explain his role in the torture and other serious mistreatment of former detainees. ECCHR and te New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) had submitted an expert report in the proceedings in February 2014 that detailed the commander’s alleged individual criminal responsibility for detainee abuse in Guantánamo amounting to torture under international law. The parties requested that Miller be heard as a suspect in the investigation proceedings.

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UK rebukes German-British software company Gamma

27 February 2015 – British-German surveillance technology provider Gamma International infringed on its human rights obligations with products such as “state trojan” FinFischer. This was confirmed by the United Kingdom’s OECD National Contact Point (NCP) in the final assessment of a complaint submitted by human rights groups. The NCP calls on Gamma –explicitly including other companies affiliated with the corporation – to implement effective human rights standards. “The decision of the British NCP is of fundamental importance! The German Gamma affiliate FinFisher Labs in Munich must also comply with it,” said Miriam Saage-Maaß, Vice Legal Director at ECCHR.

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Europe’s Treacherous Borders: Justice for the Ceuta Victims!

4 February 2015 - They call it “the protection of the EU’s external borders”. But Nathan has first-hand experience of what this really means. Nathan was 15 years old when he joined a group of around 400 refugees and migrants attempting to swim across the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on 6th February 2014. Members of the Guardia Civil, Spain’s paramilitary police force, responded with batons, rubber bullets and tear gas. At least 15 people were killed; many more were seriously injured. It took more than year until a Spanish judge decided to officially investigate 16 civil guard officers allegedly involved in the incident.

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Murder of Nestlé worker Romero: Complaint against Switzerland submitted to ECHR

18 December 2014 - The Swiss judiciary has refused to investigate the role played by Nestlé in the murder of Colombian trade unionist and Nestlé worker Luciano Romero. The ECCHR has responded by submitting a complaint against Switzerland on behalf of Romero’s widow to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg. The ECCHR is basing its case on the right to life (Article 2) and the right to an effective remedy (Article 13) guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. The ECtHR must now determine whether the Swiss judiciary has adequately examined Nestlé’s liability for Romero’s murder.

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Germany: Criminal complaint against Bush era architects of torture

17 December 2014 – The ECCHR lodged a criminal complaint against former CIA Director George Tenet, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other members of the administration of former US President George W. Bush. The organisation is accusing Tenet, Rumsfeld and a series of other persons of the war crime of torture under paragraph 8 section 1(3) of the German Code of Crimes against International Law (Völkerstrafgesetzbuch).“The architects of the torture system - politicians, officials, secret service agents, lawyers and senior army officials – should be brought before the courts,” says ECCHR General Secretary Wolfgang Kaleck. “Germany can help to ensure that those responsible for abduction, abuse and illegal detention do not go unpunished.”

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Three Yemenis vs Germany: Survivors of a US drone strike file legal action against German government

15 October 2014 - On 29th August 2012, five rockets fired by US drones struck a village in Yemen. Faisal bin Ali Jaber, Ahmed Saeed bin Ali Jaber und Khaled Mohmed Naser bin Ali Jaber as many other of their family had gathered there to celebrate a wedding. Two members of the family were killed in the strike. Other family members suffer from ongoing trauma since the drone strike. The US military base in Ramstein was used to help carry out the attack. Despite this link, the German government continues to deny any responsibility for civilian deaths caused by US drone warfare. The family bin Ali Jaber now lodged a complaint against the German government at the Administrative Court in Cologne. The Yemeni nationals are calling on Germany to accept legal and political responsibility for US drone warfare.

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