The Importance of Appearances: How Suspects and Accused Persons are presented in the Courtroom, in Public and in the Media

Project Partners:

Hungarian Helsinki Committee (Lead Partner), aditus foundation, Fair Trials Europe, Human Rights House Zagreb, Mérték, Rights International Spain, Vienna University.

Supported by:

This project is funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014 – 2020).

Project Description

According to EU law, Member States shall ensure that suspects and accused persons are not presented as being guilty, in court or in public through the use of measures of physical restraint such as handcuffs, glass boxes, cages and leg irons.

In the following two years the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and its partners (aditus foundation, Fair Trials Europe, Human Rights House Zagreb, Mérték, Rights International Spain and the Vienna University),  will work together to increase knowledge and sensitivity to the presumption of innocence among professionals and the public.

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