You still have the right to communicate with the outside world when detained. Of course, your right and the opportunity to communicate will be restricted, but it must not be denied completely.

You have the following rights of communication:

  • to inform your family where are you detained
  • to have a meeting with your relatives or other people for at least an hour once a month
  • to send and receive post
  • to receive parcels
  • to use the phone at the investigation prison at least once a week for at least five minutes
  • to send and receive money
  • to write to municipal or state institutions, as well as to national or  international human rights institutions

You can read more about the scope and limitations of your communication in the Law on the Procedures for Holding under Arrest and in the Criminal Procedure Law.

What human rights violation may there be?

Your rights to communication can be restricted only in the situations allowed by law. Moreover, any restriction has to be necessary and proportional. Otherwise, it may result in a violation of your right to private and family life. Read more about the right to communicate.

For example, your communication with national or international human rights institutions, your lawyer, the court, the prosecution, or diplomatic services if you are a foreigner, must not be controlled.

Your meetings with relatives or other people should normally be private, but may take place in the presence of a guard in certain situations, after a careful examination of your case and aspects of safety. The administration must have well-reasoned decisions for this and you must have an opportunity to appeal them to a higher authority.

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