Need for urgent reform of pre-trial detention in Europe

Monday, July 2, 2012

The pre-trial detention regime in EU member states needs urgent reform, to ensure an end to the unnecessary and often arbitrary recourse to pre-trial detention and the severe rights violations that it causes, especially when it affects juveniles, non-nationals and vulnerable groups. In an open letter to the European Commission vice president in charge of Justice, 14 civil society organisations, including the APT, call on the Commission to take action for common minimum standards for the use of pre-trial detention. Read the full letter.