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Europe must rediscover its pride in its democratic model. Our fervent wish must be that this model of democracy, freedom and prosperity serves as a beacon and inspiration not only for our fellow citizens in Europe, but also beyond our borders.

Looking ambitiously to the future of Europe, reminding everyone the commitment to unnegotiable values and responsibilities towards the international community and future generations for effective protection of fundamental rights: President David Sassoli left us with this strong message, delivered at the European Council meeting of 16 December 2021.

Platform for an Independent Judiciary in TurkeyThe extraordinary situation of violation of the independence of the judiciary in Turkey has induced all four European Associations of Judges to join together in their activities:

• The Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ),
• The European Association of Judges (EAJ),
•  Judges for Judges and
•  “Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés” (MEDEL)

And form a Platform: Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey. 

Since its creation, the Platform has been working together to promote the independence of the Judiciary in Turkey and the right to freedom and a fair trial to all the Judges and Prosecutors detained.

Here we gather the main documents issued by the Platform:     

Platform Letter Council Europe - 1-8-2016-4SG1.89 MB
Platform Letter Council Europe - 1-8-2016-4PACE1.9 MB
Situation of Turkish Judiciary - Platform Report417.14 KB
Turkey Platform Conclusions163.96 KB
Statement on the eve of the EU-Turkey leaders’ meeting in Varna114.84 KB
70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its observation in Turkey160.88 KB
Criminal conviction of Mr Murat Arslan117.89 KB
Platform Letter Secretary-General Council Europe - 15-07-2020
Statement of the Platform for in Independent Judiciary in Turkey (31th August 2020) (.pdf)157.11 KB

Letter to the EU officials demanding action to restore Rule of Law in Turkey

Links to the other member association webpages of the Platform:

The Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ)

The European Association of Judges (EAJ), Regional Group of the International Association of Judges (IAJ)

The Judges for Judges

Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges, Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL)

The Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey (MEDEL, EAJ, AEAJ and Judges for Judges) sent a letter to Mrs. Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, the Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, the High Representative of the European Union, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Commissioner for HumanRights(CoE), demanding action to restore Rule of Law in Turkey and to end the witch-hunt against judges. You can read the letter below.

Honorable Madame, Honorable Sir, by the judgement of the Turkish Court of Cassation of 3rd November 2021, the conviction under charges of being a member of an armed terrorist organization (FETÖ/PDY) of Mr Murat Arslan, Turkish judge and president of the independent Turkish Association of Judges and Prosecutors (YARSAV), to 10 years imprisonment was upheld.

Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges, Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL)

The Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey (MEDEL, EAJ, AEAJ and Judges for Judges) sent a letter to Mrs. Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, the Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, the High Representative of the European Union, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Commissioner for HumanRights(CoE), demanding action to restore Rule of Law in Turkey and to end the witch-hunt against judges. You can read the letter below.

Honorable Madame, Honorable Sir, by the judgement of the Turkish Court of Cassation of 3rd November 2021, the conviction under charges of being a member of an armed terrorist organization (FETÖ/PDY) of Mr Murat Arslan, Turkish judge and president of the independent Turkish Association of Judges and Prosecutors (YARSAV), to 10 years imprisonment was upheld.

MEDEL

The Civil Society Association Committee of the United Nations Department of Global Communications has approved our application and MEDEL is since 10 December associated with that department.
 
This will allow MEDEL not only to participate in UN events and have access to UN premises, but also to engage and exchange with other NGO's also associated with that department.
 
 
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MEDEL est associée au Département de la Communication Globale des Nations Unies
 
Le Comité exécutif ONG/Département de la Communication Globale des Nations Unies a approuvé notre demande et MEDEL est depuis le 10 décembre associé à ce département.
 
Cela permettra à MEDEL non seulement de participer aux événements de l'ONU et avoir accès aux locaux de l'ONU, mais aussi de s'engager et d'échanger avec d'autres ONG également associées à ce département.
 
 
 

 

 

Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges, Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL)

MEDEL, EAJ, IAJ, EAAJ and Judges for Judges sent today a letter to the new Minister of Justice of Germany, emphasizing the urgent need to evacuate justice personnel from Afghanistan.

Your Excellency, the four European Associations of Judges undersigned are specifically concerned about the precarious situation - with specific risk of death - of judges, prosecutors, lawyers and human rights activists in Afghanistan.

This extraordinary situation in Afghanistan induced all four European associations of judges

MEDEL

In the moment when France is about to take the presidency of the European Union, MEDEL recalls the historical responsibility of France in defending the rule of law, and the unique opportunity to use the political crisis we are going through to promote a democratic transformation of the European Union. You can read the statement below:

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France is about to take the presidency of the European Union while it is facing one of the most important crises in its history. Taking advantage of the insufficient democratization of the European institutions, several Member States are now conducting a real offensive against the humanist foundations of the European project. In Poland, Hungary, but also in Bulgaria or Slovenia, governments turn authoritarian. While they claim to fight against the so-called “diktats” of Brussels, they are directly undermining the rule of law and one of its main pillars: the independence of justice.

MEDEL

In the moment when France is about to take the presidency of the European Union, MEDEL recalls the historical responsibility of France in defending the rule of law, and the unique opportunity to use the political crisis we are going through to promote a democratic transformation of the European Union. You can read the statement below:

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France is about to take the presidency of the European Union while it is facing one of the most important crises in its history. Taking advantage of the insufficient democratization of the European institutions, several Member States are now conducting a real offensive against the humanist foundations of the European project. In Poland, Hungary, but also in Bulgaria or Slovenia, governments turn authoritarian. While they claim to fight against the so-called “diktats” of Brussels, they are directly undermining the rule of law and one of its main pillars: the independence of justice.

MEDEL

The members of Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL) express their full solidarity with their Lebanese colleague Tarek Bitar and will follow with vigilance the evolution of the situation of the Lebanese Justice, in struggle with the political power. You can read the statement below:

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In Lebanon, the independence of justice is threatened
(Presented by the Syndicat de la Magistrature - France)

On August 4, 2020, a double explosion occurred in the port of Beirut, killing more than 200 people and injuring more than 6,500 others, while devastating entire neighbourhoods of the Lebanese capital. For years, this country, at the crossroads of all cultures and in the heart of an unstable geopolitical zone, has been aspiring to peace and full democracy. 

MEDEL

The members of Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL) express their full solidarity with their Lebanese colleague Tarek Bitar and will follow with vigilance the evolution of the situation of the Lebanese Justice, in struggle with the political power. You can read the statement below:

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In Lebanon, the independence of justice is threatened
(Presented by the Syndicat de la Magistrature - France)

On August 4, 2020, a double explosion occurred in the port of Beirut, killing more than 200 people and injuring more than 6,500 others, while devastating entire neighbourhoods of the Lebanese capital. For years, this country, at the crossroads of all cultures and in the heart of an unstable geopolitical zone, has been aspiring to peace and full democracy. 

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