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Fair Trials kicks off new Beyond Surrender project on the European Arrest Warrant

editor - July 29, 2016 - Beyond Surrender, European Arrest Warrant, European Commission, extradition

On 14th July, Fair Trials hosted the kick-off meeting of the Beyond Surrender project, which will look at the use and abuse of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and its impact on the life of the defendants and their families. The project, funded by the EU Commission, is being coordinated by Fair Trials and implemented in cooperation with four partner organisations in Lithuania (Lithuanian Human Rights Monitoring Institute), Poland (Helsinki Committee in Poland), Romania (APADOR-CH) and Spain (Rights International Spain).
BS KO Meeting.bmpWhilst being a useful tool to prevent evasion from justice across the EU open borders, the EAW has also contributed to fair trial abuses and has had devastating impact on people’s lives. This can often result in losing jobs, suffering from depression, and separation from one's own family.

“Regarding the European Arrest Warrant, the EU has prioritised efficiency over human concerns.”
Patricia Goicoechea García, Deputy Director at Rights International Spain

 

Beyond Surrender aims to provide a human insight into post-surrender treatment of people subject to EAW. Raising awareness will be key to informing future EU work to create minimum standards as a sound basis for mutual recognition.

“In countries like Romania, Beyond Surrender will break new ground in the practices
and human impact of the European Arrest Warrant.
This is something that has never been studied before”

Georgiana Gheorghe, Human Rights Officer at APADOR-CH

As a first step, the partners will identify and monitor a number of surrender cases in their own countries. Not only will they test the respect of the procedural guarantees but will also focus on the personal experience of the defendants and their families, which too often go untold. To this end, Fair Trials and its partners will produce a series of videos featuring the defendants’ testimonies in the view to show the human stories behind a court’s decision to surrender.

 “Human stories can challenge the negative perception
around people enduring unjustified decisions to surrender”
Natalija Bitiukova, Deputy Director at the Lithuanian Human Rights Monitoring Institute

The findings from the case-files will be displayed in a comprehensive regional report that will highlight common themes and address targeted recommendations.
Fair Trials is excited to start working on this new project and thanks its partners for committing to such a valuable job.
Our special thanks go to the European Commission for their financial support toward this work.
More updates will come in the next weeks, so make sure to stay connected!

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on +32 2 360 04 71.

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European-commission-300x200Beyond Surrender is a project funded by the European Commission.

 

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on +44 (0) 20 7822 2370 or +32 (0) 2 360 04 71.

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