Brussels – European government representatives, judicial and human rights experts and senior United Nations officials will meet in Brussels this week to discuss challenges European countries face in ensuring fair criminal trials and due process in the course of fighting terrorism.
Issues to be discussed at the 5-6 July meeting include administrative detention without charge or trial; incommunicado detention; extradition of terrorism suspects; access to legal counsel for the accused; access to evidence for the criminal defence; the use of secret and intelligence information and information obtained under duress as evidence in trial; special courts, special advocates and other special procedures for individuals accused of terrorism acts and extraordinary renditions. It will consider how to better ensure accountability for human rights violations occurring in this context.
The two-day meeting is organised by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and the United Nations Human Rights Office.
The opening session will be open to the media and interviews with UN officials may be arranged upon request.
Regional meeting on ‘Fair Trial and Due Process in the Counter-terrorism Context’
Mr. Ivan Šimonović, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights
Mr. Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
Mr. Malcolm Evans, Chair, UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Mr. Mads Andenas, Member of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
European government representatives
Media representatives are invited to attend the meeting’s opening session.
Venue: Le Meridien Hotel, Brussels
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Thursday 5 July 2012
Opportunity for filming/photographs at the opening.
One-on-one interviews are also possible. For appointments, please contact:
Jean-Luc Onckelinx (
; Alexandra Forger (
) tel +32 476 215 485
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