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MEDEL stands in solidarity with all Afghan judges, and urges the international players to actively protect all women, including female magistrates, who see their lives endangered with the deterioration of the situation.
 
MEDEL est solidaire avec tous les magistrats afghans et demande aux acteurs internationaux de protéger activement toutes les femmes, y compris les magistrates, qui voient leur vie mise en danger par la détérioration de la situation.
 

International fair trade dayMEDEL europe supports and endorses the "International Fair Trial Day", calling for the respect of Human Rights and the right to a fair trial in Turkey.

Join the Inaugural International Fair Trial Day event today, June 14th, 2021 (15.00-17.20 CET):

MEDELMEDEL issued a statement today on Advocate General Tanchev's opinions in cases C-487/19 and C-508/19 and the termination of Adam Bodnar's mandate as Polish Ombudsman, decided by the politically captured Polish Constitutional Court.

MEDEL welcomes the opinions delivered on 15 April 2021 by CJEU’s Advocate General Evgeni Tanchev in cases C-487/19 and C-508/19 – requests for preliminary ruling from the Polish Supreme Court.

In both opinions, Advocate General underlined that the right to a tribunal established by law, affirmed by the second subparagraph of Article 19(1) TEU in the light of Article 47 of the Charter, must be interpreted in the sense that a court does not meet the requirements to constitute such a tribunal established by law in a situation where the judge concerned was appointed to that position in flagrant breach of the laws of the Member State.

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The Council of Administration of MEDEL, meeting today in Florence, Italy, unanimously approved a statement on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You can read the statement below.

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The World Coalition Against Death Penalty, of which MEDEL is a member, issued today the attached statement on COVID-19 and its impact on the use of the death penalty worldwide.

It was also decided to present it as a written statement for the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council's 44th session.

MEDEL fully subscribes and supports this statement and initiative.

MEDELMEDEL wishes to express its serious concern over the impact on rescue at sea activities of the provisions introduced in Italian legislation by the so-called “security decree bis” (n.53 of June 14, 2019), recently approved by Parliament.

It can be easily foreseen that the possibility for the Minister of Interior to limit or forbid the entering, passage or stopping in the territorial sea for reasons of “public order or security”, with extremely harsh sanctions for any violation, will unavoidably put an end to rescue operations implemented in the Mediterranean by NGOs.

We have witnessed for a long time the “criminalization” by politicians and media of the activity of volunteers, trying to convey to the public opinion the idea that there is a connection between rescuers and traffickers. The constant portraying of immigration as a danger to public security served in these months as support to the “closed ports policy”, that is at odds with any elementary sense of humanity as well as with States’ international human rights obligations.

MEDELThe recent declarations made by the Italian Interior Minister are unacceptable and a serious breach of the Rule of Law. MEDEL has issued today a statement in that regard:

On the 23rd of May, pronounced by MEDEL as the Alert Day for the Independence of Justice in Europe, MEDEL invited to reflect on the need for an independent and effective justice all over Europe and its importance for the safeguard of European citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms, as very dark signs have arisen all over Europe in recent years, inside and outside the European Union.

Unfortunately, few days have passed until another shocking and worrying example of the threats referred to by MEDEL came to light - the attack from the Italian Interior Minister against the judges who issued decisions on the matter of international protection of asylum-seekers and migrants.

MEDEL statement on the rescue ship AquariusMEDEL considers that the decision not to let the humanitarian and rescue ship “Aquarius” dock at an Italian port has seriously damaged the values on which the spiritual and moral heritage of the European Union is founded.

The human tragedy of current migration flows occurring every day in the Mediterranean Sea calls Europe and its member states to fulfil the promises enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: the commitment to place the person at the center of the action of the European Union; the responsibility and duties with regard to other persons, the human community and future generations, so that everyone can enjoy his or her fundamental rights.

MEDELMigration is part of our history and part of the history of our nations and civilization.

As MEDEL recalled in the Palma Declaration for Refugees and Migrants of 11 March 2017[1], migration is nowadays the story of a huge humanitarian tragedy taking place in front of our eyes, in our seas, where thousands of migrants, escaping from war and starvation, lose their lives.

The same tragedy continues in Libyan detention centres, where migrants are systematically denied their fundamental right to asylum and the possibility to reach the countries where this right can be assessed and eventually granted. In addition to this, they are also victims of inhuman and degrading treatment, as recently confirmed by the UN secretary general on the basis of the inquiry of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya[2].

MEDELAdding to the "Declaration of Paris"
(Conseil d'Administration MEDEL, Paris, 22.10.2016).

Every day, as helpless onlookers, we see the terrible images of people dying at sea or on the frontiers of our countries. All of us have tales of emigration in our family trees, and all human beings are a result of the will, or the need, to change our location, our nation, or our continent. The history of mankind is nothing less than the history of migration.

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