States have an obligation under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to put in place safeguards to protect people from torture and ill-treatment.
The abuse of two people while under arrest by Civil Guard officers leads to the first conviction against Spain for a material violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Two Italian lawyers are teaming up with a civilian-led organisation to solve a case of suspected murder at a police station in Germany.
The indifference some Belgian judges have shown to cases involving unlawful use of force by police officers is a recurring problem that helps allow the abuse to continue.
"To stop me, they will have to kill me," says Ilaria Cucchi, who won't stop until she gets justice for her brother, who died while in police custody. A new turning point in the investigation is finally giving her some hope.
Of the 3,034 criminal complaints of police abuse lodged between 2012 and 2014, only 14 reached the courts.
The man, who sold goods in the street, died after falling from a window of a building that was being searched by the Mossos D'Esquadra, the regional police of Catalonia. There are diverging versions about what actually happened.
Spain's new Citizen Security Law came into force on July 1 amid strong opposition from international institutions and NGOs. It has already caused the application of arbitrary sanctions, as in the case of a young man...
The UN Committee against Torture recently published its concluding observations after its review of Spain in April 2015, criticizing the little action that has been taken to fulfill the recommendations presented in 2009.
The beating of a 19-year-old woman by Romanian police has led to yet another judgment against the country by the European Court of Human Rights, which condemned Romania for improperly investigating the incident.