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.

September 2014
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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.

July 11, 2014 | Marina Ilminska & Zaza Namoradze

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.

July 08, 2014 | James A. Goldston
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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.

June 24, 2014 | Rachel Neild

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.

May 23, 2014 | Stanley Ibe

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.

Last update: May 12, 2014

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".

April 01, 2014 | Robert Varenik

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.

March 06, 2014

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.

February 18, 2014 | Rebekah Delsol & Leah Wissow

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.

February 03, 2014 | Alexandra Cherkasenko

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.

November 2013
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Fact Sheet

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.

November 2013
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Fact Sheet

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.

November 2013 | Kersty McCourt
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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.

October 11, 2013 | Lanna Hollo & Zsolt Bobis

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.

September 2013
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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.

September 17, 2013 | Stanley Ibe

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.

July 09, 2013 | Marion Isobel

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.

June 26, 2013 | Stanley Ibe

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.

May 23, 2013 | Kersty McCourt

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.

May 2013
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