Defending theHuman Rightto a Fair Trial
13 Jun 17
Fair Trials produces toolkit to assist with the right to presumption of innocence
Everyone, no matter who they are, or what they’ve been accused of, is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, the presumption of innocence is under threat, now more than ever. This was recognised in 2015 when the EU agreed a Directive on the Presumption of Innocence. The presumption of innocence is a fundamental right and key element…
12 Jun 17
Fair Trials co-signatory of letter to INTERPOL regarding human rights defenders
Fair Trials has joined with twenty five other NGOs in being co-signatory to a joint letter to INTERPOL, in reference to the case of Azerbaijani human rights defenders Leyla Yunusova and Arif Yunusov. Leyla and Arif, a couple who have actively fought for human rights for dozens of years in their home country of Azerbaijan,…
08 Jun 17
Closing the circle: Maltese jurisprudence on the right to a lawyer in pre-trial proceedings
This guest post was written by Ann Spiteri, lawyer in Malta and Member of the Legal Experts Advisory Panel. As with all of our guest posts, the views represented are of the author and may not reflect the views of Fair Trials. On the 10th of May 2017, the First Hall of the Civil Court in its…
30 May 17
From 2013 to present- how has INTERPOL improved in its methods? Looking at Fair Trials’ ‘Strengthening Interpol: An Update’
Fair Trials has launched a new report for consultation, entitled ‘Strengthening INTERPOL: An Update’. This report examines and considers the changes introduced by INTERPOL , leading on from Fair Trials’ 2013 report. INTERPOL is a key tool in combating and monitoring transnational criminal activity through inter-state cooperation. The mechanisms for seeking a person’s arrest are…
Notification of rights to arrested people: Fair Trials launches new regional report
The right to a fair trial depends also on what happens before the trial, starting from the moment of arrest. At this stage already, it is crucial that the law enforcement authorities inform the arrested person of their rights whilst in custody. In the EU, the notification of rights is regulated by the Directive on…
24 May 17
Fair Trials fights for global crime while protecting rights at the United Nations
Fair Trials, in partnership with Freedom House, is hosting an event on the fight against global crime and the right to a fair trial on Thursday in Vienna, Austria. The panel has been organised as a side-event to a UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) conference and will identify the challenges that international justice cooperation presents from a human rights perspective….
Fair Trials advocates for fair trial waiver systems at the United Nations
Today, at the 26th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Fair trials is partnering up with the East-West Management Institute in hosting a side event titled: “The Disappearing Trial: Human Rights and Trial Waivers” (Vienna, Austria). The event will cover the growing use of trial waiver systems and their implications on human…
22 May 17
INTERPOL decides to publish decisions on deletions of red notices – another small step towards transparency?
This article originally appeared in Lexology and was authored by Andrew Smith, Partner at Corker Binning. INTERPOL and transparency are not words that tend to appear in the same sentence. But over the course of the past decade, INTERPOL has been inching, slowly and painfully, towards greater transparency. One of the most recent positive steps is the publication of…
19 May 17
New research by Fair Trials and DLA Piper finds poor understanding of rights by arrested people in France
Picture the scene: a person is arrested, and then the police read them their rights. It’s happened in so many films and TV shows as to become a bit of a cliche. But what does the law actually say about the notification of rights? In the European Union, the EU Directive on the Right to…
03 May 17
Council of Europe denounces political abuses of INTERPOL
Growing pressure is building on INTERPOL, the global policing organisation, to reform its internal mechanisms and prevent them from being abused by countries across the world. Only last week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution that condemns the abuse of INTERPOL’s Red Notices (RNs), the international alerts circulated by the…
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