Topic: Criminal Justice
Presumption of Guilt: The Global Overuse of Pretrial Detention
Combining statistical analysis, first-person accounts, graphics, and case studies of successful reforms, this report is the first ever global survey of the damage done by unnecessary and arbitrary pretrial detention.
Moving Forwards a Global Vision for Legal Aid
The UN has recognized the vital role legal aid plays in delivering access to justice for all. Now it needs to monitor implementation of its Principles and Guidelines.
Effective Prosecution: Guatemala’s Public Ministry in an International Context
Remarks delivered at the launch of an independent assessment of reforms in prosecutorial procedures at Guatemala's Public Ministry.
Young People, Race and the Police: Finding the Remix
Young people from 14 cities around the world are meeting to share ideas and experiences in the struggle to end discriminatory policing.
African Commission Sets out Standards on Pretrial Detention
New standards seek to change Africa’s dismal record on the over-use of pretrial detention, a scourge whose impacts reach well beyond the individuals directly affected.
Ruziyev v. Republic of Uzbekistan
A survivor of the May 2005 massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2003 and 2004.
The Politics of Fear: Latin America Backslides on Excessive Pretrial Detention
Denying pretrial release to suspects, regardless of the potential threat, has become a favored strategy for politicians eager to present themselves as "tough on crime".
Sent Home to Torture: Extradition in Central Asia
One man’s harrowing story offers a rare glimpse of a growing practice—where asylum seekers are sent back to countries where they face a serious risk of ill-treatment.
Case Watch: UK Appeals Court Disregards Evidence that Stop and Search is Discriminatory
There is a wealth of research that stop and search practices pursued by the Met are unfair. But courts refuse to look at the numbers.
A Court Victory over Torture Raises Hopes in Kazakhstan
In an unprecented move, a court in Kazakhstan has ordered the authorities to pay compensation to a victim of police torture, enforcing a ruling by the UN Committee against Torture.
Equality Under Pressure: The Impact of Ethnic Profiling in the Netherlands
The Dutch pride themselves on being members of an open, tolerant, and fair society. But for a growing number of people in the Netherlands, this ideal is being put under pressure by proactive police actions.
What is Pretrial Justice?
What does a functioning pretrial justice system look like? This fact sheet lays out in simple graphic terms the main steps towards ensuring proper protection of detainee rights.
2014–2019: Strengthening Arrest Rights in the European Union
This fact sheet sets out the remaining priorities for development of E.U.-wide standards on arrest and criminal procedural rights.
Case Watch: Paris Court Rebuffs Police Discrimination Complaint
A French court ruling effectively prevents any judicial remedy for people who are singled out by police for stops based on their ethnic appearance.
Justice Initiatives: Legal Empowerment
Eight case studies look at how legal empowerment projects can reduce poverty and help people realize their rights; with a forward by George Soros.
Envisioning a Better Future for Pretrial Detention in Africa
A new African initiative takes aim at the excessive and arbitrary use of pretrial detention and its associated human and economic costs.
Case Watch: European Court Ruling on Life Sentences Sets New Standard
In a new judgment, the European Court of Human Rights considered whether life in prison was acceptable if there was no possibility of a review or release—in other words, no hope.
African States Need to do More to Combat the Use of Torture
More African states need to take steps to make the use of torture a criminal offense, and to set up preventative monitoring and other measures to eradicate its use.
New Insights into Pretrial Detention in Three West African Countries
Three new reports from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea Conakry paint a similar picture of the costs of excessive and unnecessary pretrial detention.
The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention in Guinea Conakry
Three non-governmental organizations surveyed 105 adult pretrial detainees in two prisons to gather information on how their detention affected their socioeconomic position.