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.

MEDELLes représentants des organisations membres de Medel,

Se référant :

  • à la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme, adoptée à Paris le 10 décembre 1948 ;
  • à la Convention du 28 juillet 1951, relative au statut des réfugiés, que tous les Pays européens ont signé et ratifié ;
  • à la Convention européenne pour la sauvegarde des droits de l’Homme et des libertés fondamentales et à ses Protocoles ;
  • à la Charte des droits des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne ;
  • à la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme e de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne, qui ont tracé un cadre précis des obligations des Etats vis-à-vis des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile, notamment quand il s’agit des mineurs non accompagnés

Big BrotherThe public conference "Filing, Inform citizens – Passport for the protection of personal data" aims to present the European project of the same name, and an inventory of the different European practices on public data filing.

The inventory covers the European Union level (SIS II, VIS, EURODAC, ECRIS) and 14 Member States in four areas: education, health, police and justice. The partners of the project then utilised this inventory to carry out analysis and create communications tools addressed to a wide audience. Both the tools and analysis will be presented and discussed at the Conference.

This conference will be the opportunity to engage in a substantial dialogue with stakeholders working on data protection, such as European and national institutions as well as civil society, and to discuss the European legal framework on the matter.

MEDELMathieu Bonduelle advocating for a decrease of repression.

"Nous ne transformerons pas notre fonctionnement social si nous ne revenons pas sur la débauche pénale".

Extrait du film : "Notre Monde" de Thomas Lacoste.

Codigo PenalMeeting on March 22, 2013 in Madrid.

More : the website of the conference.

Première table ronde : la liberté d'expression et le droit de réunion : cadre normatif et situation en Europe et en Espagne.

Deuxième table ronde : la réforme du code pénal et ses conséquences sur la liberté d'expression et le droit de réunion.

Le programme en espagnol.

Le site de la conférence 

Freedom of speechThe jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights reminds us that the freedom of expression is a basic pillar of a democratic society, a prerequisite for progress and development of each and everyone. This applies not just to information and ideas that we are keen to receive, or that we consider inoffensive or unimportant, but also to those that may harm, shock or raise concern of states or of any segment of the population. These are the requirements of pluralism, tolerance and open spirit, without which democratic society is inconceivable.

Consequently, the obligation of magistrates to be reserved should not reduce them to silence and conformism: As other citizens, magistrates are entitled to freedom of expression and should be able to voice their opinion on all subjects. They should take part in the democratic debates. Their opinions, enlightened by daily confrontation with the effects of laws passed by legislators, are useful to these debates.

ValenciaApril 2008

The President of the General Council of the Spanish Judicial Authority(CGPJ) requested that a disciplinary investigation be opened against the signatories of the Manifesto for a Rational Debate about Criminal Policy.
Medel took the initiative of a statement and sent a letter to the president of the CGPJ, to defend the principles of freedom of speech for judges and prosecutors.

See Medel's statement.

Turquie Ankara (Juillet 2008) : An international symposium on "The Separation of Powers and Freedom of Association of Members of the Judiciary" was convened jointly by YARSAV, IAJ and MEDEL in Ankara, Turkey on the 5th and 6th of July 2008. In an effort to work together in order to eliminate obstacles to the forming of voluntary associations by the judiciary and to promote judicial independence.


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