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Fair Trials is the global criminal justice watchdog

We identify when criminal justice is failing
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For a world where everyone’s right to a fair trial is respected

The Disappearing Trial

Around the world, people accused of crimes are being pressured into giving up their right to a trial. We are working with prosecutors and policymakers to make sure there are safeguards in place to protect people from being coerced into accepting a plea bargain. We also campaign for wider system reform to prevent States from relying on plea bargaining as a solution to other failings in their criminal legal systems.

Justice in Europe

All over the world, basic rights are being violated every day in police stations, court rooms and prisons. This is causing miscarriages of justice, undermining public faith in criminal justice systems and getting in the way of cross-border cooperation.

Understanding your rights

The right to information in criminal proceedings is supposed to ensure that every arrested person knows why they have been arrested and what evidence has been collected against them. Is it happening though? 

Extradition Reform

In our increasingly globalised world, there is a growing need for effective extradition laws to help fight cross border crime. The fundamental human right to a fair trial must, however, be at the heart of cross border justice.

Pre-trial detention

Globally, there are currently close to three million people being held in pre-trial detention. Detained without a trial and for an indefinite period, the human toll can be immense. 

INTERPOL

INTERPOL plays a vital role in fighting crime, but we know that its systems are being abused by countries around the world in order to persecute refugees, journalists and peaceful political demonstrators. Photo: interpol.int

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