Defending theHuman Rightto a Fair Trial
17 Oct 17
North Dakota Supreme Court Acts on Fair Trials Advice to Reject Petition
The Supreme Court of North Dakota has agreed to continue to allow out-of-state lawyers to represent protestors accused of crimes in relation to their participation in demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The ruling came after the Court took on board comments from numerous external actors, including Fair Trials. Over 760 people were arrested during the…
06 Oct 17
New INTERPOL refugee policy asks more questions than it answers
Fair Trials has written to Jurgen Stock, the Secretary General of INTERPOL, to seek assurances over a new refugee policy, which was adopted at INTERPOL’s 86th General Assembly last month. INTERPOL have stated that the resolution strikes a balance between enhancing international police cooperation and providing adequate and effective safeguards to protect the rights of…
05 Oct 17
European Union calls on INTERPOL to prevent abuse of Red Notices
INTERPOL has come under increased scrutiny from the European Union (EU), as its institutions are calling the organisation to step up efforts to prevent abuse of its systems. Following the recent arrests of Turkish writers in Spain and Germany under abusive Red Notices issued by Turkey, the EU is asking INTERPOL to reform its alert…
27 Sep 17
EU law in action: access to a lawyer in Germany
In 2013, the European Union passed a Directive guaranteeing all suspects and defendants effective and confidential access to a lawyer throughout criminal proceedings. The transposition deadline having expired in November 2016, Fair Trials is currently investigating what has happened in several EU countries. Here, we take a look at the German context with the help of…
18 Sep 17
The ABCs of fair trials: language in the juvenile justice system
For people to exercise their rights, they need to first understand them. This is particularly true for minors and people with language deficiencies. In this post, Mai Fleetwood-Bird, a lecturer and researcher at the department of health law of the Erasmus School of Law (Rotterdam), illustrates the language challenges within the juvenile justice system and offers…
14 Sep 17
Pre-trial detention in Spain: some steps forward, many question marks
One year after the publication of Fair Trials’ regional report on the use of pre-trial detention in the European Union, we have contacted our project partners in Spain to discuss if and how the pre-trial detention regime had changed at all. The following answers were provided by the legal team of Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España…
11 Sep 17
Event: The Disappearing Trial – The rule of law in a world with more guilty pleas and fewer trials
Fair Trials, in partnership with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, are hosting a special speaking event, bringing together leading lawyers from the UK and the US to discuss the growing reliance on trial waiver systems.Countries across the globe are finding new ways to persuade people to simply admit guilt and forego the…
06 Sep 17
Civil society coalition calls prosecutors worldwide to respect fair trials and human rights
Upholding the rule of law and human rights is a key aspect of the profession of a prosecutor. This is certified by the International Association of Prosecutors in its Standards of Professional Responsibility and Statement of the Essential Duties and Rights of Prosecutors. However, in many regions of the world, public prosecutors are increasingly using their powers…
Fair Trials to lead discussions on INTERPOL abuse at Kingsley Napley
On Tuesday 19th September, Fair Trials will host an event at Kingsley Napley, where issues associated with INTERPOL will be discussed. At the event, Fair Trials’ executive Jago Russel will speak alongside Alex Bailin QC from Matrix about topics including current impediments to the success of the organisation, recent reforms and remaining challenges facing INTERPOL….
01 Sep 17
INTERPOL urged to act as Turkish journalists targeted with international alerts
Fair Trials and PEN International have urged INTERPOL to do whatever necessary to prevent the abuse of its Red Notice systems.
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