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  • Unequal Assistance: How Criminal Legal Aid Varies across the European Union 02.06.2015

    Since 2009, the member states of the European Union have been steadily trying to establish standard protections for the rights of people who find themselves under police investigation, or facing criminal charges. If citizens can move across the EU to live, work, and study—so the EU argues— should they not also expect to find the same level of fairness in the criminal justice system? As a result of this effort, recent EU legislation has required detainees to be given information about their rights in a language they can understand, and to be guaranteed early access to a lawyer.

  • Public hearing at the European Parliament on the Roadmap on Procedural Rights of Suspects and Accused Persons 10.12.2014

    On November 11 the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament held a public hearing on the Roadmap on Procedural Rights of Suspects and Accused Persons: Achievements and the Way Forward.

  • Презумпция вины: Глобальные злоупотребления предварительным заключением 03.10.2014

    Произвольное и чрезмерное использование содержания под стражей до суда (предварительного заключения) во всем мире является масштабной формой нарушений прав человека, ежегодно затрагивающей более 14 миллионов человек. Твердо установлено право считаться невиновным до тех пор, пока не будет доказана вина.

  • Moving Forwards a Global Vision for Legal Aid 22.07.2014

    Eighteen months ago, the countries of the world agreed at the United Nations that legal aid is “an essential element of a fair, humane and efficient criminal justice system”. They declared it “a foundation for the enjoyment of other rights, including the right to a fair trial,” as well as “an important safeguard that ensures fundamental fairness and public trust in the criminal justice process.”

  • Ireland: Key changes to criminal law get the silent treatment 21.07.2014

    It’s the biggest change in criminal justice procedure in 30 years – and you probably haven’t heard about it. From now on suspects detained at a Garda station are entitled to have solicitors present during their periods of questioning.

  • European Commission proposal to increase protection of children in criminal proceedings 16.07.2014

    The European Commission issued a proposal that would strengthen safeguards of children in the criminal justice systems. Among key proposals are a mandatory assistance by a lawyer and pre-trial detention separate from adults if a child must remain detained.

  • ToR: International consultancy to assess the functionality of the current eligibility criteria and standards for legal aid in Moldova 15.07.2014

    The Soros Foundation-Moldova is seeking an international expert to lead an assessment on the functionality of the current eligibility criteria and standards for legal aid in Moldova. The consultancy should be delivered during the period September – October 2014, for a maximum of 10 working days, including one visit to Moldova of up to 3 working days. Deadline: 30 July 2014, 6 pm EET.

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