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Welcome to Fair Trials International – Defending the Human Right to a Fair Trial
The right to a fair trial is one of the cornerstones of a just society. Without fair trials, innocent people are convicted and the rule of law and public faith in the justice system collapse. Fair Trials International is a unique human rights charity that helps people facing criminal charges all over the world to protect this basic right. We campaign against human rights abuses in the criminal justice context and advocate for better respect for fair trial rights.
The barriers to obtaining a fair trial can seem enormous if you have been arrested abroad, where you don't speak the local language, have no idea of your rights and are far from home. Fair Trials International can help you identify local lawyers, offer practical guidance, and advise you and your local lawyer about your fair trial rights under international law.
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Our current campaigns
Fair Trials International campaigns to tackle the underlying causes of injustice in criminal cases and advocates for the better protection of fair trial rights.
Europe must cooperate to fight serious crime but this must not be at the expense of our basic rights and freedoms. We believe that Europe should work together to improve basic fair trial rights – not undermine them.
Fair Trials International is campaigning for Justice in Europe, including:
Interpol is the world’s largest international policing organization and, each year, issues thousands of ‘red notices’. These international “wanted” alerts can have a devastating human impact.
Even though some of Interpol’s 190 member countries are known human rights abusers and notoriously corrupt, there are no effective mechanisms to prevent these countries abusing the red notice system. Red notices have been used to pursue political opponents, journalists and human rights defenders.
Fair Trials International is campaigning for improvements to prevent these abuses of Interpol. We also believe that people subject to red notices should be given a reasonable chance to challenge them through a fair and transparent process.
The story of Fair Trials International client Petr Silaev is featured in the Daily Telegraph. Peter Oborne writes: "The human
BBC’s Inside Out South reported on Michael Turner’s case and the European Arrest Warrant. The feature includes both an
The European Court of Justice’s Grand Chamber has ruled that the Charter of Fundamental Rights does not allow refusal to