Tuesday, April 27, 2021

European Center for Constitutional Rights 2020 Annual Report and the Legalization of Human Rights



European institutions, public and private, have been at the forefront of efforts to transform human rights norms and principles into an enforceable system of law.  This project of legalization is potentially quite potent.  It has certainly projected private power through the use of the mechanisms, ideologies, and structures of law, in the great global conversations about the scope of expected conduct of individuals and organizations with respect to human rights.

Among the actors in this substantial effort has been the European Center for Constitutional Rights (ECCR).  It has just posted in 2020 Annual Report which may be accessed HERE.  The ECCR Press Release follows.

ECCHR 2020 Annual Report
Enforcing human rights through legal means
In times of crisis, human rights need more attention than ever. The past year has shown this once again. Thus, in addition to the challenges posed by the past months, at ECCHR, we can also look back on advances and successes in our work that we would like to share with you in our 2020 Annual Report

Acknowledging our privileges as a Berlin-based organization while still trying to act in a spirit of global solidarity was our continued goal in 2020. Despite the odds, it also became clear that a lot can be achieved, thanks to our long-standing partnerships and worldwide network, like the al-Khatib trial in Koblenz, Germany, on the grave crimes committed by the Syrian government or the development of new climate justice projects. 

We are also working more intensively with artists to make injustice visible. In this year, the work of Guatemalan photographer Ixmucané Aguilar on Namibia guides you through the magazine. 

We would be delighted if you find time to look through our Annual Report and discover what we have achieved in 2020. None of it would have been possible without your support – thank you. 

Wolfgang Kaleck
ECCHR General Secretary

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