On April 5 and 6, 2022, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) organised a regional consultation with a thematic focus on the right to information in police custody.
Human Dignity and Public Security
In the week from 21 to 25 February 2022, on our Atlas of Torture – Exchange Platform we have published every day contributions of renowned national and international experts to discuss how to better ensure that evidence obtained by torture is not used in legal proceedings. The event on the Atlas of Torture will be followed by an Online Workshop, taking place on 13.5.2022, 10:00 – 13:00 CET. The workshop aims to bring together the different experts and further facilitate the exchange on the topic, enabling a lively discussion, as well as mutual learning among the participants.
On 1st and 2nd February 2022, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) organised a virtual national roundtable for experts on "Strengthening Procedural Rights in Austrian Practice". The event is part of the EU funded project From Law to Practice: Strengthening Procedural Rights in Police Custody, in which the LBI-GMR, together with partner organisations from Spain, Romania, Ireland and Belgium, is researching Best Practice examples in the area of the rights of suspects at the earliest stage of criminal proceedings and developing possible implementation pathways.
The JUSTICE FOR ALL project aims to improve the rights and conditions of defendants and detainees with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities.
Nora Katona, Elisabeth Mayer, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has noticeably changed the way we interact and live in society. While it affects all of us, its impact is not the same for everyone. Persons deprived of liberty are in a particularly vulnerable situation. The present document discusses which challenges institutions encounter in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in Austria, Germany and Italy and gives recommendations on how to mitigate them to improve the situation of persons concerned.
Within the criminal justice system, the first hours of police custody bear the highest risks of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Fundamental safeguards can greatly mitigate such risks and contribute to preventing potential abuses during police custody. Relevant fundamental safeguards encompass the rights of access to a lawyer, the right of access to a doctor, the right to notify the detention to a third party as well as the right to be informed about these rights.