German Liability for US Drone Warfare in Yemen
15 October 2014, 19:00, ECCHR's office, Berlin
Organized by: ECCHR, Reprieve (London)
Faisal bin Ali Jaber, lost two family members in a drone strike in Yemen
Kat Craig, Reprieve
Andreas Schüller, ECCHR
On the evening of 29th August 2012, five rockets fired by US drones struck the village of Khashamir in eastern Yemen. Faisal bin Ali Jaber had travelled back to his village to celebrate a wedding with his extended family. While bin Ali Jaber survived, both his brother-in-law and his nephew were killed in the strike. Other family members suffer from ongoing trauma as a result of the attack. The drone strikes were carried out with the involvement of the US military base in Ramstein in the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany. Despite this involvement, the German government continues to deny any responsibility for civilian deaths caused by US drone warfare.
Faisal bin Ali Jaber will give an account of the attack and the work he is undertaking in the USA and Europe to bring an end to drone strikes in his home region.
Kat Craig, legal director at the international human rights organization Reprieve (London), represents relatives of Yemeni and Pakistani victims of drone warfare. She will discuss the legal action currently being taken by Yemeni claimants in various countries.
Andreas Schüller, head of the International Crimes and Accountability program at ECCHR, will examine Germany’s constitutional obligations regarding the use of the Ramstein US airbase to carry out drone strikes.
The event will be held in English.
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Being a Radical Female Lawyer: Challenges and Vision
13 October 2014, 19:00-21:00, ECCHR's office, Berlin
Organized by: ECCHR, Bertha Foundation
Wolfgang Kaleck, Secretary General ECCHR, and Jennifer Robinson, Bertha Foundation
A Discussion with:
Alejandra Ancheita, Executive Director, Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (ProDesc), Mexico
Lisa Chamberlain, Deputy Director, Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), South Africa
Nomzamo Zondo, Director of Litigation, Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), South Africa
Isha Khandelval, Bertha Fellow Lawyer, Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group, India
Julia Duchrow, Head Legal Advisor, Human Rights and Peace Desk, Brot für die Welt, Germany
Many Hurdles, little liability - How can victims of human rights violations enforce their rights against corporations in Germany?
4 November 2014, 12:30-18:30, Humboldt University, Berlin
Organizers: ECCHR, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and CorA Network for Corporate Accountability
Obstacles, gaps, difficulties: Victims of human rights violations abroad continuously find that they cannot enforce their rights in Germany, even if German corporations are involved in the human rights violations. Two recent scientific studies from the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and from Amnesty International document why plaintiffs in different countries fail when they take corporations to court. Along with other human rights organizations and lawyers, they recommend specific reforms to improve methods of legal protection. At this conference we intend to discuss possible legal and political solutions.