defending rights and civil liberties

The protection of the right to a fair trial and due process requires: access to a lawyer, information, interpreters or translators, respect for the right to defence and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the right for all parties to be heard, equality of arms, the hearing of cases without undue delay by independent and impartial courts, stating the reasons for their decisions, as well as the right to an appeal process that allows the review of rulings by a higher court.

The European Union has initiated a harmonization process of laws within Member States regarding criminal matters, in order to promote and improve the right of access to justice and the guarantees of a fair trial.

Publicaciones

  • Procedural rights of juveniles suspected or accused in the European Union: Handbook for legal professionals
  • CARTA ABIERTA: El derecho a la tutela judicial debe garantizarse en en el juicio contra Carlos Vielmann
  • Procedural rights of juveniles suspected or accused in the European Union - Regional comparative report
  • Procedural rights of juveniles suspected or accused in the European Union - Spain national report
  • Report submitted to the European Commission denouncing the package of reform proposals adopted by the Spanish government gravely undermines basic principles of the EU and puts at risk the rule of law
  • Balance de 2015: Los derechos humanos en España
  • Carta Conjunta al Fiscal General del Estado sobre afirmaciones del fiscal Horrach contra el juez Castro (sp)
  • Communication to UN Special Rapporteur on independence of judges and lawyers concerning the legal aid bill. (sp)
  • Joint letter calling on United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants to withdraw legalization of summary returns
  • Joint letter calling on the Council of Europe to press Spain to withdraw legalization of summary returns