Welcome to Fair Trials – Defending the Human Right to a Fair Trial

The right to a fair trial is one of the cornerstones of a just society. Without fair trials, innocent people are convicted and the rule of law and public faith in the justice system collapse. Fair Trials is a unique human rights charity that helps people facing criminal charges all over the world to protect this basic right and campaigns for fairer criminal justice systems.

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Guest Post: The Repression of Human Rights Defenders in China

A prominent pro-bono lawyer disappeared into police custody in Beijing last November. The family of Xia Lin, a man known for

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Fair Trials launches new defence rights e-training course

Fair Trials has launched a series of innovative e-training courses designed to educate UK lawyers about EU defence rights. The

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Promoting reforms on pre-trial detention in Kosovo

The spotlight continues to shine on the Western Balkan countries in their progress toward eventual EU membership.  Johannes

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  • We also had one from Kazakhstan on the new Criminal Procedure Code: Does it go far enough? http://t.co/P6BAmOBowZ #Kazakhstan #CPC
  • We had some great Guest Posts this week, here's 1 on the persecution of Human Rights Defenders in #China by @chrdnet http://t.co/CduSQXMtWr

Arrested – Need Help?

If you are facing criminal charges Fair Trials may be able to help. We do not charge for any of the assistance we provide. We cannot act as your lawyer or provide financial support but we can help you identify local experts, offer practical guidance, and advise you and your local lawyer about your fair trial rights under international law.

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Why the right to a fair trial matters


We believe the right to a fair trial is an essential part of a just society. Each person accused of a crime should have their guilt or innocence determined by a fair and effective legal process. But the right to a fair trial is not just about protecting suspects and defendants; it also makes societies safer and stronger. Without fair trials, trust in justice and in government collapses.

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Fair Trials Defenders

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Fair trial rights are being fought for every minute of every day in prisons and court rooms across the globe. Without effective fair trials defenders, the right to a fair trial is just an abstract idea rather than a practical reality. This is why it is core to our mission to build a movement of fair trial defenders and to offer the training and support they need for their crucial work.

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