Defending theHuman Rightto a Fair Trial
22 Feb 18
Ahed Tamimi: why Palestinian children can expect no justice from Israel
The recent arrest and detention of Palestinian teenager and activist, Ahed Tamimi, has once again called into question Israel’s treatment of Palestinian children in military courts and detention centres. As a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment as well…
09 Feb 18
The Lauri Love decision – what are its wider implications?
This week, the UK High Court refused to order the extradition of British/Finnish activist Lauri Love to the US, where he is wanted on hacking charges, on the grounds that sending him to US jail would be “oppressive” given poor conditions in US custody, and that the interests of justice required the case to be…
The price of freedom: bail reforms in the USA
On any given day in the United States of America, over half a million people are in prison awaiting trial. Rather than losing their freedom for being a risk to their community or at risk of not showing up to court, many of these defendants simply can’t afford to make bail. So what ever happened…
07 Feb 18
Belgian lawyers challenge constitutionality of legal aid reform
Belgian lawyers are protesting this Wednesday 7th February against the 2016 reform of the national legal aid system, which they say makes it more difficult for people to obtain free legal assistance. The protests are held before the Brussels seat of the Constitutional Court, which is currently reviewing a constitutional challenge brought by Plateforme Justice…
05 Feb 18
Decision in Lauri Love case
Update: Lauri Love will not be extradited to face trial in the US, the high court has ruled. You can read the judgment in full here. Lauri Love, the British student accused of hacking into US government websites, will not be extradited to face trial in America, the high court has ruled. Lauri Love, accused…
02 Feb 18
Gambling with evidence disclosure: would you take the risk?
The Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales began the New Year by being forced to admit that the justice system has “systemic” problems. The admission came following the widespread public attention when sexual assault cases were dropped against Liam Allen and Samuel Armstrong in the space of just a few weeks due to the…
Advancing the Defence Rights of Children
Criminal proceedings are a daunting prospect for anyone accused of a crime, no matter what their age. Child suspects, however, are especially likely to be overwhelmed and damaged by the experience of criminal proceedings. In 2016, the EU adopted Directive 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings…
European Parliament: Fair Trials highlights loopholes in EU responses to INTERPOL
How are EU member states responding to abusive INTERPOL alerts? Fair Trials’ Regional Director for Europe, Ralph Bunche, recently spoke about this issue at a panel organised by the International Commission for Jurists (ICJ) and hosted by MEP Ana Gomes (S&D), member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Subcommittee on Security…
01 Feb 18
Dutch lawyers unite against cuts to legal aid
Lawyers from across the Netherlands are getting together on February 1st in The Hague to protest against a draft bill which would significantly cut funds to the country’s legal aid system. The proposed cuts run against the findings of an independent ad hoc parliamentary committee, which actually found that more funds are needed. The committee had…
26 Jan 18
Fair Trials intervenes in US plea deal case
George Alvarez knew that he had acted in self-defence, but that it was his word against the detention guard. Why would someone believe him, when he’d just been arrested on suspicion of burglary and public intoxication and remained in the custody of the officials who assaulted him? That’s the reason George Alvarez pleaded guilty to…
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