EU Police Mission supports Palestinians to institutionalise fair trials
February 6, 2020
The human rights and rule of law experts of the European Union Police and Rule of Law Mission (EUPOL COPPS) held a workshop on 03 February 2020 to enhance the capabilities of their Palestinian counterparts in the field of achieving a fair trial in Palestine. The aim is for the principles and recommendations for fair trials to be integrated into the strategic plans of Palestine’s justice sector institutions.
18 representatives from the High Judicial Council, the Ministry of Justice, the Palestinian Civil Police, the Bar Association and Public Prosecution, as well as the Independent Commission for Human Rights and the office of the legal adviser of the president attended the one-day workshop in Ramallah. They discussed ways in which Palestinian criminal justice system could be harmonized with international standards.
The discussion was based on 72 joint recommendations which have been made since 2016, tackling numerous issues in the field of legislation, institutional development, capacity building, and infrastructure support in a process billed as “Towards Full Realization of the Right to Fair Trial in Palestine”.
EUPOL COPPS experts have been working with their Palestinians counterparts on the issue of fair trial for six years and this workshop is meant to develop an action plan to further enhance its application.
EUPOL COPPS is the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support. The aim of the Mission is to contribute to the establishment of sustainable and effective policing arrangements and to advise Palestinian counterparts on criminal justice and rule of law related aspects under Palestinian ownership.