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The European Convention on Human Rights and Policing (2015)

Human Rights and Democracy
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Jim Murdoch & Ralph Roche
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The handbook is a tool for the police and other state authorities to prevent and fight police misconduct or impunity and uphold the human rights. It was drawn up bearing in mind the European Convention on Human Rights, in the light of the relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the standards of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and other relevant standards established within the framework of the Council of Europe.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
POLICING AND THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The work of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights
The European Convention on Human Rights – key principles of interpretation
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Conclusion
THE USE OF FORCE IN POLICING
Introduction
Discharging police responsibilities
The right to life: Article 2, European Convention on Human Rights
The prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment: Article 3, European Convention on Human Rights
DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY
Deprivation of liberty and the European Convention on Human Rights
Protecting liberty and security of person: Article 5, European Convention on Human Rights
Conclusion
INVESTIGATING CRIME; AND ENSURING THE INTEGRITY OF THE CRIMINAL PROCESS
Introduction
Positive obligations arising under the Convention to investigate allegations of criminal activity in order to protect the rights of individuals
Preventing and investigating crime – surveillance, and obtaining evidence through searches, etc.: Article 8, European Convention on Human Rights
The importance of ‘fair hearing’ guarantees: Article 6, European Convention on Human Rights
The investigation of crime – use of undercover officers, etc.: Article 6, European Convention on Human Rights
Questioning suspects: detainees’ rights while in police custody
Access to legal representation: Article 6(3)(c), European Convention on Human Rights
The admissibility of irregularly obtained evidence in subsequent criminal proceedings
The presumption of innocence: Article 6(2), European Convention on Human Rights
Conclusion
POLICING DEMOCRATIC FREEDOMS
Introduction
General considerations: interferences with Articles 8 - 11, European Convention on Human Rights
Justification for interferences with Articles 8-11, European Convention on Human Rights
Public assemblies – policing issues
MAINTAINING A PROFESSIONAL POLICE SERVICE
The Council of Europe Code of Police Ethics
Rights of police officers
APPENDIX A: CPT STANDARDS AND THE POLICE
APPENDIX B: EUROPEAN CODE OF POLICE ETHICS

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