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People abused by European Arrest Warrant tell their stories in new Fair Trials' short film

June 25, 2018 - European Arrest Warrant

In a first-ever documentary of its kind, Fair Trials has gathered the testimonals of some of the people who each year experience abusive European Arrest Warrants (EAWs). Victims and their relatives talk about lost jobs and businesses, families torn apart, and lenghty periods in prisons where the detention conditions are not compatible with human dignity. In several instances, the European Arrest Warrant was enforced for petty crimes, such as cutting a tree without a legal authorisation, and for facts that happened many years before.

The video was produced in the framework of "Beyond Surrender", an EU-wide project which looked at the use of the EAW and its impact on the life of the defendants and their families. The project was led by Fair Trials, with partners in four countries – Romania (APADOR-CH), Poland (Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights), Lithuania (Human Rights Monitoring Institute), and Spain (Rights International Spain) – and the support of Fair Trials’ Legal Experts Advisory Panel, a network of over 180 leading criminal law-focussed law firms, academic institutions and civil society organisations from across all 28 EU Member States.

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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