EUPOL COPPS meets with Palestinian rule of law officials to strengthen right to fair trial

EUPOL COPPS human rights and rule of law advisers met their Palestinian counterparts from law enforcement and rule of law institutions online on Tuesday 4 August in order to discuss how to implement a number of recommendations that would enhance the right to a fair trial in the West Bank.

“A fair trial is a fundamental right – if you have been accused of a crime, there are a number of things public institutions should do to ensure that your rights are not being violated,” says Lina Zettergren, EUPOL COPPS Senior Criminal Justice Expert. “Together with our Palestinian partners, we developed a set of 72 recommendations to strengthen the right to a fair trial, and we are delighted that progress is being made to implement these proposals. We are ready to provide our full support for this process”.

The 72 recommendations are expected to be integrated into the strategic plans of Palestinian law enforcement and rule of law institutions. EUPOL COPPS and its Palestinian partners are also making plans to convert the recommendations into concrete projects with tangible outcomes.

EUPOL COPPS has promoted the development of a Fair Trial Working Group, which brings together international advisers and Palestinian officials. The Palestinian institutions represented within the group are the Transitional High Judicial Council, the Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General’s Office, the Palestinian Bar Association and the Palestinian Civil Police. The ambition of the working group is to strengthen the right to a fair trial for Palestinians.