Having access to a lawyer is integral to the right to a fair trial. It helps to prevent unlawful arrests, police brutality and miscarriages of justice. Find out more about our campaign for arrested people to have access to legal counsel as soon as possible after they are arrested and before they are questioned by the police.Read more
We campaign on issues that threaten the right to a fair trial or reinforce discrimination and inequality in criminal justice.
States are increasingly using plea bargains and trial waivers because their criminal legal systems can’t cope. We campaign for system reform and safeguards to protect people from being coerced into giving up their right to a trial.Read more
Technological developments are changing all aspects of criminal justice systems - from profiling, policing and arrest through to trials, sentencing and probation decisions. We campaign to make sure that technical advances do not have a negative impact on our right to a fair trial.Read more
INTERPOL’s systems are being abused by governments to persecute refugees, journalists and peaceful political activists. INTERPOL needs to take action to prevent its systems being abused and be more transparent.Read more
The COVID-19 Justice Campaign is a global coalition created to resist and roll-back unaccountable criminal justice powers created during the pandemic.Read more
Governments should have effective extradition arrangements so that they can fight serious cross-border crime and terrorism, but extradition laws must contain safeguards to ensure that basic human rights are respected.Read more