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Type:
Report / Paper / Summary
Publication date:
31 March 2021

Presumption of innocence and related rights – Professional perspectives

This report looks at the practical implementation of the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings, and related rights, in 9 EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal). Article 48 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights guarantees the presumption of innocence – but, as FRA’s research underscores, it can be undermined in many ways.

Rights in practice: access to a lawyer and procedural rights in criminal and European arrest warrant proceedings
Type:
Report / Paper / Summary
Publication date:
27 September 2019

Rights in practice: access to a lawyer and procedural rights in criminal and European arrest warrant proceedings

Protecting the rights of anyone suspected or accused of a crime is an essential element of the rule of law. Courts, prosecutors and police officers need certain powers to enforce the law – but trust in the outcomes of their efforts will quickly erode without effective safeguards. Such safeguards take on various forms, and include the right to certain information and to a lawyer.

Rights of suspected and accused persons across the EU: translation, interpretation and information
Type:
Report / Paper / Summary
Publication date:
10 November 2016

Rights of suspected and accused persons across the EU: translation, interpretation and information

Protecting the human rights of individuals subject to criminal proceedings is an essential element of the rule of law. Persons who are suspected or accused of crimes in countries other than their own are particularly vulnerable, making appropriate procedural safeguards especially crucial. This report reviews Member States’ legal frameworks, policies and practices regarding the important rights provided in these directives, including with respect to individuals whose needs may require additional attention, such as persons with disabilities and children.

Criminal detention and alternatives: fundamental rights aspects in EU cross-border transfers
Type:
Report / Paper / Summary
Publication date:
10 November 2016

Criminal detention and alternatives: fundamental rights aspects in EU cross-border transfers

EU Member States have largely implemented, and started applying, three instruments on transferring prison sentences, probation measures and alternative sanctions, as well as pre-trial supervision measures, to other Member States. This report provides an overview of their first experiences with these measures, highlighting both best practices and shortcomings.

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