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Fair police – fair investigation

Year of granting the aid: 2014
Realisation date: 02.06.2014 – 29.05.2015
Amount: 500 000 CZK
Organization: Liga lidských práv

Currently there is no effective control of the police and contrary to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, there is no effective investigation of police violence. New independent body for investigation of police – General Inspectorate of Security Forces (GIBS) – fails to fulfill its statutory duties. Instead of investigation of police violence, GIBS passes these cases arbitrarily back to the police, which is not an independent body. One of the reasons is quite general legislation and the lack of a methodology that would include criteria for investigation. The second reason is a lack of transparency in the appointment of leadership of GIBS and its politicization. Therefore, in cooperation with the competent authorities of the Czech Republic, experts and victims and following the example of foreign regulations we will propose a methodology for investigation of police violence, which will be adopted, published and promoted at least by one of the authorities. We will also draft a bill to create greater transparency in the appointment of the director of GIBS, which will be submitted for approval to the Chamber of Deputies with help of one of its members.