The panel was hosted by Fair Trials Europe, a Brussels-based non-governmental organisation. It was dedicated to the release of their report about the excessive and abusive use of pre-trial detention in various European jurisdictions. The publication of the report was supported by the European Commission.
Sergei emphasized links between excessive use of pre-trial detention, on the one side, and use of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, and violations of fair-trial rights, on the other side. He also encouraged State and civil society representatives to approach the excessive use of pre-trial detention from the angle of costs/benefits analysis. Pre-trial detention without justification does not only violate human rights, it is also prohibitively expensive, both for the individual concerned and the society at large.
Speakers included Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland, Stephanie Selg, Advisor on Torture Prevention at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, civil society representatives and legal practitioners. The panel was a side event at the OSCE human dimension implementation meeting held annually in Warsaw.