Welcome to Fair Trials International – 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 International is a unique human rights charity that helps people facing criminal charges all over the world to protect this basic right. We campaign against human rights abuses in the criminal justice context and advocate for better respect for fair trial rights.

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Arrested Abroad – Need Help?

The barriers to obtaining a fair trial can seem enormous if you have been arrested abroad, where you don't speak the local language, have no idea of your rights and are far from home. Fair Trials International can help you identify local lawyers, offer practical guidance, and advise you and your local lawyer about your fair trial rights under international law.

Our current campaigns

Fair Trials International campaigns to tackle the underlying causes of injustice in criminal cases and advocates for the better protection of fair trial rights.

Europe must cooperate to fight serious crime but this must not be at the expense of our basic rights and freedoms. We believe that Europe should work together to improve basic fair trial rights – not undermine them.

Fair Trials International is campaigning for Justice in Europe, by ensuring that the EU:

Interpol is the world’s largest international policing organization and, each year, issues thousands of ‘red notices’. These international “wanted” alerts can have a devastating human impact.

Even though some of Interpol’s 190 member countries are known human rights abusers and notoriously corrupt, there are no effective mechanisms to prevent these countries abusing the red notice system. Red notices have been used to pursue political opponents, journalists and human rights defenders.

Fair Trials International is campaigning for improvements to prevent these abuses of Interpol. We also believe that people subject to red notices should be given a reasonable chance to challenge them through a fair and transparent process.

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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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    Extradition reform debate should not lose sight of bigger picture

    In recent weeks the European Arrest Warrant has yet again become a political football in the United Kingdom. Some dismiss it as

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    Pro bono: allowing Fair Trials to continue its vital work

    This week is the UK's 13th annual National Pro Bono Week – an opportunity to ‘celebrate the breadth and impact of pro bono

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    Fair trial rights matter – for everyone

    “Why do people like you stand up for the evil people who perpetrate crimes?”
    High profile cases, such as the recent murders

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    Apply now for Fair Trials International’s new training programme

    “The EU directives on fair trial rights in criminal proceedings”

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    INTERPOL removes alert against activist Bahar Kimyongür after Fair Trials intervention

    On 28 August, Fair Trials received confirmation from the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF)  that  the

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    Fair Trials make intervention in European Arrest Warrant case over prison conditions

    In July, Fair Trials submitted independent observations in a case before the Belgian Court of Cassation concerning the execution

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    Azerbaijan activists held in pre-trial detention

    Update: Human Rights lawyer and the head of the Legal Education Society Intigam Aliyev has now also been arrested on the same

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    New report reveals extent of pre-trial detention in Canada

    The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has released a new report which considers the use of pre-trial detention in the

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    Bahar Kimyongür’s extradition refused again: will INTERPOL act?

    Fair Trials International has today written to INTERPOL, calling on the organisation to remove its global "wanted person"

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    Press Release: Belgian activist has extradition refused for third time after INTERPOL alert

    24 July 2014
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    Fair Trials has today called on INTERPOL to remove its global “wanted person”

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    Apply now for Fair Trials International’s new training programme

    “The EU directives on fair trial rights in criminal proceedings”

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    Spanish Ministry of Justice must speed up implementation of EU Directives on Translation and Information

    Fair Trials International, alongside Rights International Spain, has written to the Spanish Ministry of Justice in response

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    And suddenly, nothing changed: Access to a lawyer in the Netherlands

    In the third in our series on the Netherlands, Jozef Rammelt,  LEAP  member, senior partner at Keizer Advocaten and criminal

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    Pre-trial detention in Kosovo: Some areas of concern

    This is a guest post written by Alban Muriqi, Project Manager and Lawyer at the Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture

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    Further calls for INTERPOL safeguards

    Until Fair Trials highlighted the cases of Benny Wenda (the West Papuan independence campaigner) and Petr Silaev (the Russian

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    Egyptian ruling shows contempt for fair trials

    The world’s press (at least in parts of the world where the press is free to speak) has reacted with outrage to the harsh

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    Fair Trials launches new pre-trial detention project

    Fair Trials International is delighted to announce the launch of its new pre-trial detention project, 'The Practice of Pre-Trial

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    Victim Support Europe address: emphasis on “rebalancing” criminal justice systems misleading

    Last month Fair Trials International's Chief Executive Jago Russell took part in the Victim Support Europe Annual

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    ‘Fast-Track Injustice’ documentary highlights the case for European Arrest Warrant reform

    A new documentary highlights problems with the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). 'Fast-Track Injustice: the Case of Óscar

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    Guest post: The state of criminal procedural justice in Albania

    Dr. Edlira Papavangjeli, Program Manager at the Albanian Helsinki Committee, examines the state of criminal procedural justice

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    Fair trials at the heart of EU justice: Letter to the President of the European Council

    Fair Trials International has written to Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, to ask that priorities identified

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    Plea-Bargains and Fair Trials in the USA

    The recent extradition of a couple from Northamptonshire to the US has proved controversial to many. Sian Priory, a volunteer

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    Guest post: FBI to record suspect interviews in policy reversal

    Thomas P. Sullivan, a partner in of Jenner & Block's Chicago office, examines US Attorney General Eric Holder's new

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    INTERPOL misused as international debt collectors

    Fair Trials International has this month written to Ronald K Noble, the Secretary General of INTERPOL, to highlight the misuse of

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    Guest post: Improved access to a lawyer in Ireland

    Dara Robinson, a criminal defence specialist from Sheehan and Partners, examines improved access to a lawyer in Ireland. Read

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    Join our campaign: put fair trials at the heart of EU justice

    Want to help us put fair trials at the heart of the EU? Click here to tweet your support. 
    On May 22nd, millions of citizens

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    Guest post: Tóásó would be no better off at home

    Eszter Kirs of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee highlights the case of a Hungarian man who has been kept in pre-trial detention

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    Guest post: Spotlight on Macedonia – Pre-trial detention

    For the second in our spotlights on fair trial rights in Macedonia (after Aleksandra Deanoska and Andrej Bozhinovski's

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    Guest post: trial monitoring in Cambodia

    Piseth Duch from the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights reports on an innovative trial monitoring project has highlighted major

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    Guest post: Almhairat case further shows INTERPOL shortcomings

    Earlier this year, Rebecca Meads of Peters & Peters successfully had an INTERPOL Red Notice removed on behalf of a Jordanian

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    Guest post: Pre-trial detention in Malawi

    Continuing our series of guest posts on pre-trial detention, Charlotte Mackenzie from the Malawi Bail Project takes a look at

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    Pakistan’s baby prosecution provides cause for concern

    The news that a 9 month baby was charged with attempted murder in Pakistan has rightly raised eyebrows across the world.

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    Event: persecution of human rights defenders in the former Soviet Union

    Join us for an exciting discussion on the persecution of human rights defenders in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and other FSU

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    Presumption of innocence is life or death matter in Japan

    The re-emergence of a longstanding death penalty case shows why Japan needs to change its ways, says Jago Russell.
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    Pre-trial detention used to force confessions in Lithuania

    A report from Lithuania shows why thousands of suspects face unnecessary and unlawful detention.
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    Unfair trials are a “tyrant’s favourite tool” in Belarus

    Belarusian regime must abandon political prosecutions and deliver open justice, says Fair Trials' Chief Executive Jago Russell.

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    Not a fantasy, but extradition regime is still needed

    This week the UK saw a debate between the leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg and the leader of the UK Independence

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    Cases in Europe

    Just a few of our cases from Europe