Please click here to find a joint statement (7 May 2012) addressing the Council of the European Union’s revised text of the Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and on the right to communicate upon arrest.

This joint statement makes recommendations for amendments to the revised text, in order to ensure that any resulting Directive upholds the minimum human rights standards for fair trials.
This statement has been sent to the Council of the European Union, and the Presidency Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Committee of the European Parliament European Commission, DG Justice.

This joint statement was prepared by the following nine civil society organizations:

  • Open Society Justice Initiative
  • European Criminal Bar Association
  • Fair Trials International
  • Justice
  • Irish Council for Civil Liberties
  • Hungarian Helsinki Committee
  • Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland
  • Greek Helsinki Monitor
  • Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Lithuania