17 March 2022

A Guide to Challenging Arbitrary Detention

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In 2021, the Working Group found that people who use drugs are particularly at risk of arbitrary detention, and noted with concern “increasing instances of arbitrary detention as a consequence of drug control laws and policies.”

HRI and the Lawyering on the Margins Network developed this graphic guide as a useful overview of processes involving the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, with a view to supporting greater community and civil society use of this mechanism.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has the mandate to investigate cases of deprivation of liberty imposed arbitrarily or inconsistently with the international standards set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or the international legal instruments accepted by the States concerned.

The Working Group investigates alleged cases of arbitrary detention by sending urgent appeals and communications to concerned Governments to clarify and/or bring their attention to these cases. The Working Group also considers individual complaints under its regular communications procedure, leading to the adoption of opinions as to the arbitrariness of the detention. In addition, the Working Group conducts country visits to assess the situation of deprivation of liberty in the country.

More here: https://lotmnetwork.org/

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