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The EU is working towards achieving common minimum standards of procedural rights in criminal proceedings to ensure that the basic rights of suspects and accused persons are protected sufficiently.


EDC News: Rights of Suspects and Accused in the EU

Across the EU every year, 9 million people face criminal proceedings. Case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) shows that violations of defence rights, as set out in Articles 5 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) do occur. As such, the EU rules set common rights and minimum standards for all criminal proceedings, whether one is accused or suspected in their home country or elsewhere in the EU. The following directives developed or being developed by the EU sets out the rights that EU citizens benefit or will benefit from under EU legislation:

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