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People abused by European Arrest Warrant tell their stories in new Fair Trials' short film

June 25, 2018 - European Arrest Warrant

"Beyond Surrender" is an EU-wide project looking at the use of the EAW and its impact on the life of the defendants and their families. It is led by the global criminal justice watchdog, Fair Trials, with partners in four countries – Romania (APADOR-CH), Poland (Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights), Lithuania (Human Rights Monitoring Institute), and Spain (Rights International Spain) – and the support of Fair Trials’ Legal Experts Advisory Panel, a network of over 180 of the leading criminal law-focussed law firms, academic institutions and civil society organizations from across all 28 EU Member States.

The purpose of the project was not to conduct a detailed assessment of the legal complexities of the EAW system examining its operation from academic or legal practitioner perspectives, work that has been carried out by a variety of different actors. Rather, the project sought to understand to what extent the concerns identified with the operation of the EAW system can be seen to have real impact on people. Understanding how people are treated after surrender helps us understand where reforms are needed. Human Stories place those needs in a real and relatable context.

We have produced a video featuring testimonies of victims and relatives who have been experiencing abuses of the European Arrest Warrant, which you can watch below. 

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on +44 (0) 20 7822 2370 or +32 (0) 2 360 04 71.

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