Trial Waiver Systems in Europe (2019-2021)
The international research project focuses on the use of trial waiver systems in the EU Member States, through which suspected or accused persons waive their rights to a full criminal trial. In Hungary, it focuses on the agreement between the prosecution and the defence as introduced in 2018.
Research project on the new Hungarian assembly law as applied in practice (2020)
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee conducted a research project together with lawyers of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union on the application of the new assembly law of Hungary, adopted in 2018. The objective of the research was to look into the case-law of courts and decisions taken by the police as assembly authority in order to reveal the impact of the new legislation on the right to peaceful assembly.
Encouraging Youth Civic Participation in the Defense of Individual Freedoms, Democracy and the Rule of Law in Hungary (2019-2021)
The project, which is carried out with the inputs of an expert from the US, aims to foster the new generation of Hungarian youth activists and to promote the culture of peaceful dialogue among Hungarian youth. The target group is youth aged between 18 and 24, primarily from North-East Hungary.
Suspects in restrains – the importance of appearance: how suspects and accused persons are presented in the courtroom, in public and in the media (SIR) (2017-2019)
Within the framework of our EU project called ‘suspects in restrains – the importance of appearance: how suspects and accused persons are presented in the courtroom, in public and in the media (SIR)’, we carried out a research on how and to which extant the restraining measures, especially the use of handcuffs, can violate the presumption of innocence.
Procedural rights observed by the Camera – Audiovisual recording of interrogations in the EU (2017-2019)
The ProCam project funded by the European Commission’s Justice Programme is a multijurisdictional project on audiovisual recording of police interrogations of suspects, including minors and vulnerable persons. The overall objective of this multi-jurisdictional research is to assess whether audiovisual recording constitutes a simple and practical measure that can help create more transparency and accountability in pre-trial proceedings.
Improving Judicial cooperation across the EU through harmonised detention standards – the role of National Preventive Mechanism (2019-2021)
The transnational project coordinated by the Vienna based Ludwig Boltzmann Institute aims at contributing to the development of the practice of 22 European National Preventive Mechanisms (which is the ombudsman in Hungary), enhancing experience exchange among these institutions and facilitating harmonization of detention standards in the European Union.
Fighting unconscious bias and discrimination of Roma people in the criminal justice system (2018-2020)
The transnational project coordinated by the Fair Trials aimed at secondary analysis of existing research papers, interviews of experts and organizing roundtable discussions in order to reveal discrimination against Roma people in the criminal justice system.
Demystifying Justice: Training for Justice Actors on the Use of Plain Language and Developing Clear and Accessible Letters of Rights (2018-2020)
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee launched its new project with three other civil-society organizations: Fair Trials Europe from Belgium, APADOR-CH from Romania and Antigone from Italy in order to enhance the accessibility of the communication in the criminal procedure Europe-wide.
Strengthening the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime through National Human Rights Institutions (2018-2019)
The transnational project coordinated by the Vienna based Ludwig Boltzmann Institute aimed to facilitate experience exchange among the National Human Rights Institutions (which is the ombudsman in Hungary) operating in the European Union.
THE IMPORTANCE OF APPEARANCES: HOW SUSPECTS AND ACCUSED PERSONS ARE PRESENTED IN THE COURTROOM, IN PUBLIC AND IN THE MEDIA (2017-2019)
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.