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.
Criminal complaint filed accuses senior manager of Danzer Group of responsibility over human rights abuses against Congolese community
25 April 2013 - A criminal complaint filed today by ECCHR and Global Witness accuses a senior manager of Swiss and German timber manufacturer the Danzer Group of aiding and abetting, through omission, grave human rights violations against members of a forest community in the Democratic Republic in Congo (DRC). The complaint, submitted to the State Prosecutor’s office in Tübingen, Germany, asks the prosecutor to start an investigation. It accuses the individual of failing to prevent violence by Congolese police and military against civilians in the village of Bongulu, of northern DRC on 2 May 2011. According to witness testimony, security forces inflicted grave bodily harm, raped women and girls, arrested 16 people and destroyed property.
ECCHR involved in legal proceedings surrounding fire in Pakistan textile factory
7 March 2013 During a visit to Pakistan by staff members from ECCHR and medico international, individuals affected by the factory fire on 11 September 2012 together with their trade union representatives asked ECCHR to become directly involved in legal proceedings relating to the incident in Pakistan. As a result, ECCHR will apply through a local lawyer to be admitted to the proceedings.
Human rights organisations file OECD complaints against surveillance firms Gamma International and Trovicor
6 February 2013 Privacy International, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Bahrain Watch and Reporters Without Borders filed formal complaints with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the UK and Germany against two surveillance companies on Friday 1st February and Wednesday 6th February, respectively.