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ELS and ECCHR Exploring Possible Areas of Collaboration

With the aim of promoting a long-term objective of ensuring accountability for gross human rights violations in Eritrea, ELS and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) are exploring possible areas of collaboration in issues of common interest for both organisations. The negotiation started earlier this year (in May 2018), and it entered a new and promising phrase following a one-day consultation that took place in August 2018 at the headquarters of ECCHR in Berlin. The on-going negotiations are expected to lead to some strategic prosecutorial measures that can be taken by German or other European prosecutorial agencies, concerning the on-going situation of crimes against humanity in Eritrea, as sufficiently documented by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea and other rights groups. The Berlin-based ECCHR works to ensure accountability for core international crimes, such as genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression, by initiating prosecutorial measures based on the principle of universal jurisdiction. The organisation has a proven track record in strategic litigation, as can be seen for example from the following story reported by The Washington Post in June 2018: