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August 15, 2022

NGOs protest against longer interval of detention without warrant

Representatives of the civil society protest against the proposal of extending the maximum interval of detention without warrant from 24 to 48 hours, as this measure is decided by Police and prosecutors, rather than judges – the only independent magistrates. The proposed Constitution amendment that would extend the detention without warrant will be debated today by the Chamber of Deputies. The protesting NGOs reaffirm that depriving someone of freedom even for minutes or hours, represents an extreme measure that must have an exceptional character. “We consider that the main role of the Constitution is guaranteeing the observance of each person’s right to be free, and by no means, enforcing changes that will double the interval of detention without a warrant issued by a judge,” reads a press release signed by the Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Romania – the Helsinki Committee (APADOR-CH), ActiveWatch – the Press Monitoring Agency, and the Center for Independent Journalism (CJI), quoted by Mediafax.

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