Defending theHuman Rightto a Fair Trial
October 22, 2012
In 2009 the European Union published its defence rights ‘Roadmap’ providing a mandate for a series of laws designed to ensure stronger protection of the rights of people suspected or accused of criminal offences in the EU. Despite the fact that all member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees fair trial rights, these are inadequately protected in many countries.
The first Directive, on the right to translation and interpretation, was adopted in October 2010 and must be implemented by Member States in time for October 2013. The Directive provides that nobody will be denied a fair trial because they do not speak or understand the language of the country in which they are arrested.
FTI has produced a detailed summary of this law, examining its key elements and using our case studies to illustrate the huge difference that it will make if properly implemented. The summary is available below in 4 European languages.
Improving defence rights in Europe: the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings – ENGLISH
Améliorer les droits de la défense en Europe : le droit à interprétation et traduction dans les procédures pénales – FRANÇAIS
Stärkung der Verteidigungsrechte in Europa: das Recht auf Dolmetscherleistungen und Übersetzungen in Strafverfahren – DEUTSCH
Mejora del derecho a la defensa en Europa: derecho a interpretación y traducción en los procesos penales – ESPAÑOL
Verso un rafforzamento dei diritti di difesa in Europa:
il diritto all’interprete ed alla traduzione nei procedimenti penali – ITALIANO
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