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Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

You have the right … to a Letter of Rights!

Viviane Reding © EU

Thanks to a new Commission proposal, anyone suspected or accused of committing a crime will be informed of their rights – in their own language and no matter where they are in the European Union. Police officers in the EU will have to hand out a document – a Letter of Rights – which lists your rights as a suspect: to speak to an attorney, find out about the charge, have an interpreter and to be brought promptly to a court. It sounds like a TV police drama, but soon it will be reality throughout the EU.