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Publication: Strengthening the rights of suspects and accused in criminal proceedings – The role of National Human Rights Institutions

Strengthening the rights of suspects and accused in criminal proceedings – The role of National Human Rights Institutions

Procedural safeguards – particularly during the first hours of custody – are key to ensure the right to a fair trial in criminal proceedings and to prevent torture. This Guidebook is focusing on how NHRIs can contribute to the strengthening of these rights.

KYRGYZSTAN: Strengthening the fight against torture and impunity in Kyrgyzstan: Prevention, Accountability, Remedy and Reparation

The project is a response to the call of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment (UNSRT) to assist Kyrgyzstan with technical expertise in its fight against torture and ill-treatment, and requests made by Kyrgyz civil society organisations for more support from international torture prevention experts. The Government of Kyrgyzstan has in recent years reaffirmed its commitment to bring the justice and law enforcement systems up to international standards in respect of the provisions of the international human rights regime, and to eradicate torture in the country. Torture and ill-treatment remains, however, a widespread phenomenon in Kyrgyzstan, as also observed by the UNSRT Juan Méndez during his visits to the country in 2011 and 2012.

Children’s Rights Behind Bars: National Report Austria

In the framework of the project "Children’s Rights Behind Bars", a series of national reports were written in fifteen European countries on the existence and the functioning of monitoring and complaints mechanisms for juveniles in detention.

At the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Helmut Sax (team: children's rights, women's rights and human trafficking), Tamara Majnek and Tiphanie Crittin (team: Human Dignity and Public Security) carried out the research and wrote the report on the situation in Austria.