The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) will file today with the Supreme Court at 11:30 am a petition to intervene in the controversial “Malaya Lolas” Comfort Women case


 (Vinuya et al., v. Executive Secretary et al., G.R. No. 162230). |
 
The ECCHR is a well-known Berlin based NGO which has made a name for itself in cutting-edge transnational litigation to enforce accountability for egregious human rights violations. The ECCHR, represented by its general secretary, German lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck — a pioneer in human rights transnational litigation and one of the key figures in enforcing the accountability of Argentinian generals in the so-called “Dirty Wars”– supports the Filipino Comfort Women’s claim for reparations from the State of Japan.
 
“Under international law the Government of the Philippines has a duty to examine the claims for compensation that have been brought by the survivors”, said ECCHR spokesperson Anna von Gall.
 
In the Petition for Intervention ECCHR emphasizes the fact that the female wartime slavery system was a violation of international law at that time (1932-1945) and that their survivors have a right to compensation. The petition supports the Philippine human rights organization Center for International Law (Centerlaw) in their representation of 70 female survivors. ECCHR’s petition is supported[E1]  by the international legal experts Theo van Boven, Patricia Viseur Sellers, Andreas Fischer-Lescano and Ustinia Dolgopol.
 
“This is a very important development in  the Case. While this case of the comfort women has long attracted international attention, it is the  first time that an international human rights group sought to intervene in the case to assert the suprmemacy of very important norms in international law, including the prohibition on rape during war time” said Prof. Harry Roque, Chair of CENTERLAW, counsel for the Malaya Lolas
 

 
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2 comments on “The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) will file today with the Supreme Court at 11:30 am a petition to intervene in the controversial “Malaya Lolas” Comfort Women case

  1. Jose V. Abueva says:

    Thanks Harry for reporting this important intervention. Pepe Abueva

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