Preventing pre-trial Detainees' Rights Abuse Through Awareness Raising
Of the nearly ten million people detained globally, those held in pretrial detention facilities face the most significant risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Pretrial detainees are extremely vulnerable to abuse because they are entirely in the power of authorities who have an interest in gaining information or a confession. To contribute to the effective application of the safeguards set in the Code of Criminal Procedure of Uzbekistan through raising awareness of the persons taken into police custody as well as pretrial detainees on their rights, UNODC ROCA/GLO900 project, in cooperation with the National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan has developed and published brochures and booklets on the detainee's rights, Miranda Rule and the witness' rights. Almost 34,000 copies of brochures and booklets both in Russian and Uzbek have been handed over to the National Human Rights Centre for further dissemination at the police stations and places of pre-trial detention in Tashkent and the regions of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Considering that the competence and independence of the judiciary and other stakeholders at habeas corpus proceedings is of vital importance to potential victims of pre-trial detainees' rights abuse, GLO900 as a follow up to the training courses has adapted the Handbook on International Standards and National Legislation Relating to Pretrial Detention for judges, prosecutors and lawyers of Uzbekistan. The present edition includes additional information specific to the legislation of Uzbekistan in the area of pretrial detention. It has also been translated into Uzbek. The publication is intended to be disseminated among judges, prosecutors and lawyers through the Research Centre of the Supreme Court, training centers of the Ministry of Justice and the General Prosecutor Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan.