Warsaw Human Dimension Conference 2022

26 September 2022, 14:00 – 7 October 2022

Sofitel Victoria Warsaw Królewska St. 11, 00-065, Warsaw

Organized by The Polish 2022 OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office,

with the support of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights


Wenesday, 5th October 2022

Plenary Session VII Rule of Law II

OSCE 2022 CAP LC download the full statement

We are deeply concerned about the French judicial system that paves the way for the arbitrary detention of people awaiting trial.

Despite France is adherent to the ICCPR, to the Tokyo Rule, to the UNODC recommendations on prison conditions, it has been repeatedly pointed out on this issue during its UPR in 2018, by the ECHR, the OIP and the CPT. Moreover, on April 2021 a law was voted in France intended to guarantee the right to respect for dignity in detention.

We wish to alert you on the unbearable situation in which any French citizen presumed innocent can be subjected, by reporting the case of Mr Cyrille Adam.

Mr. Adam is 70 years old and suffers from a chronic illness. He was arrested on December 7, 2021 and incarcerated on December 9.

The conditions of detention he is subjected to, have strongly degraded his health to the point of threatening his life, despite the numerous procedures of his lawyer, claiming for more decent conditions of detention referring to the 2021 law.

We urge France to implement its own legislation, to respect international conventions on the deprivation of liberty,

And to urgently investigate the case of Mr. Adam so that he – and all French citizens – can expect a fair trial within a reasonable time and can wait for it in decent conditions respecting human rights as France has committed to do.

221003165238_0160 CAP LC Cyrille Adam 2022
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