After eight months of intensive discussions, the two legislators, the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of the European Union appear willing to conclude the negotiation of a new Directive that will set common minimum standards on the right of access to a lawyer and the right to communicate with third parties when detained, for persons suspected or accused of a crime in the EU.
Amnesty International is concerned about the recent arrests of peaceful protesters in Baku on Saturday 26 January, in the aftermath of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s discussion on Azerbaijan.
05/12/2012Amnesty International is inviting all the EU institutions and agencies involved in implementing the Stockholm Programme to do more than carry out a formal review of what activities were carried out and to revisit their action (or inaction) critically, in line with the ‚tools‛ (for good implementation) promoted by the Stockholm Programme three years ago. These tools include ‚objective and impartial evaluation of the implementation of the policies‛, ‚evaluation of the effectiveness of the legal instruments‛, including to ‚determine any obstacles to the proper functioning‛ of the different areas covered, as well as ‚open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society‛.
05/12/2012At the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting tomorrow, the Cyprus presidency is expected to contribute to the mid-term review of implementation of the Stockholm Programme, the five-year programme defining the EU’s priorities in freedom, security and justice, by submitting a progress assessment.
Ahead of the discussion in LIBE on the state of negotiations on the proposed Directive on the right of access to a lawyer and the right to communicate upon arrest (the Directive), Amnesty International is calling on the European Parliament to pursue its efforts to ensure that the legislative process is conducted scrupulously and that it defends the positions it expressed in the orientation vote (OV) in July.
The attached list of voting recommendations addresses specific amendments proposed by both the rapporteur and other MEPs and our position on each amendment.
23/05/2013 For each rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, Amnesty International asks the presidency to commit itself to advancing human rights within the EU and worldwide. We also seek the presidency’s active ...
23/05/2013 This is part of a special ‘People on the Move’ series, highlighting the human rights violations faced by migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in every part of the world. These profiles are being published around the launch ...