Defending theHuman Rightto a Fair Trial
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What is the problem?
Europe is one of the wealthiest regions of the world; it is the home of the European Court of Human Rights, and respect for human rights is a founding principle of the European Union. Despite this, fair trial abuses are a daily reality in courts, police stations and prisons across Europe. People are being detained for months or years before trial, denied information on their rights, and are not being given legal aid to pay for an effective lawyer or interpreter.
What do we want?
We believe Europe should be a beacon of respect for fair trial rights across the globe, with countries working together to ensure that every person accused of a crime is given a fair trial. This will protect the eight million people accused of crimes each year in the EU against the devastating human consequences of wrongful conviction. It will also make Europe stronger, increasing trust in its justice systems and providing a sound basis for European cooperation to tackle cross-border crime.
What are we doing?
Working with our network of legal experts from across Europe (the Legal Experts Advisory Panel (LEAP)), we have led calls for action by the European Union to improve standards of criminal justice.
Our work for justice in Europe has been wide-ranging, including:
Fair Trials is now a recognised expert and leading voice for justice in Europe and our work is paying off:
We are now closer than ever before to achieving justice in Europe – but much more remains to be done. You can help us to reach this goal: get involved and support our work.
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