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

The European Court of Human Rights has once again rejected the third party intervention that MEDEL, AEJ and AEAJ had presented on the cases Murat Ulusoy vs. Turkey and 168 others (application 73062/16), Samil Sevinc vs. Turkey and 252 others (application 63634/16) and Ibrahim Tufan Ataman vs. Turkey and 53 others (application 14676/17), all regarding our Turkish colleagues that have been expelled.
 
The associations that form the Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey issued on that regard a statement you may find HERE.
 
The only way we understand this rejection is that the Court is already fully informed about the situation in Turkey and will soon decide in favour of our colleagues.
 

MEDEL

MEDEL fully endorses the nomination of its member Iustitia for the Peace Nobel Prize!
 
Quoting Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres, at the 2020 Peace Bell Ceremony on the anniversary of the International Day of Peace, "We have solid evidence that human rights, respect for the rule of law, access to justice and opportunities for all are the building blocks for peaceful communities and societies”.

 
 

MEDEL

MEDEL issued today a statement, condemning the decision of the Polish Minister of Justice (acting as Prosecutor General) to transfer independent prosecutors hundreds of kilometres away from the places they live. You can read the statement below:

For the last 5 years, MEDEL has repeatedly expressed its concern, disbelief and indignation about the process of devastation of Rule of Law in Poland. The constitutional check and balance guarantors, such as the Constitutional Court and the National Judicial Council have been disabled.

LEX

Our member association Lex Super Omnia, from Poland, issued a statement on the unlawful secondment of some of its members, ordered by the Polish authorities as a way of harassing the brave and independent prosecutors that keep fighting for the Rule of Law in Poland. You can read the statement below:

The Board of the "Lex Super Omnia" Prosecutors’ Association with great surprise and indignation received decisions of National Prosecutor of 15 January 2021, where it seconded selected prosecutors – members of "Lex Super Omnia" Prosecutors' Association to remote, lowest rank posts, in many cases located hundreds of kilometers away from their place of residence and current work. A relocation which involves additional budgetary costs for prosecutors.

online event  "The judiciary: possible ways of development. March of a Thousand Gown a year later"To mark the anniversary of the "March of the 1000 Robes" that took place in Warsaw on 11 January 2020, the Polish judges associations Iustitia and "Themis" will organise on

18 January 2021, from 7pm to 9pm (CET)

the online event

"The judiciary: possible ways of development. March of a Thousand Gown a year later"

MEDEL CAMEDEL is holding today its online Council of Administration, debating Rule of Law and the independence of the Judiciary.

EU

5231 judges and prosecutors signed the open letter of Iustitia to the European Commission demanding further and stronger action to protect Rule of Law.
 
European and world magistrates united in defence of #RuleOfLaw in Poland and in the European Union!

CEPEJ LogoMEDEL is today represented by its board member Iria González at the CEPEJ plenary meeting - the 2020 report on evaluation of judicial systems and the posible implementation of a certification mechanism for AI tools and services are being discussed, among other topics.

The evaluation report of judicial systems, artificial intelligence and cyberjustice at the heart of the discussions of the next CEPEJ plenary meeting.

The CEPEJ will hold its 34th online plenary meeting on 8 December 2020. On this occasion, the various options that can be envisaged within the framework of the setting up of a certification mechanism for artificial intelligence tools and services on the basis of the CEPEJ Charter will be examined.

ENCJ

MEDEL welcomes the statement of ENCJ on the situation of the Judiciary in Turkey and reaffirms it's full commitment to defend the Rule of Law in Turkey and its solidarity with all the Turkish judges, prosecutors and all other citizens who have been unlawfully persecuted.

On 8 December 2016 the ENCJ General Assembly suspended the observer status of the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors of Turkey as it  no longer complied with the ENCJ Statutes and was no longer an institution which is independent of the executive and legislature ensuring the final responsibility for the support of the judiciary in the independent delivery of justice.

Four years later, unfortunately, the situation has not improved and has in fact deteriorated considerably. The Council for Judges and Prosecutors is a Council in name only, as none of its actions or decisions demonstrate any concern for the independence of the judiciary. Without a Council to protect and guarantee the independent delivery of justice in Turkey, there is little hope for the Rule of Law in Turkey in general and for access to independent, fair and impartial courts for all who come before the courts including Turkish citizens.  

ICJ

"MEDEL was partner in the "Justice Project", organised by the International Commission of Jurists between 2018 and 2020.

Following the work developed in that Project, ICJ (together with Human Rights in Practice, the Dutch Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten (NJCM) and the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa) has published the "Guidance for Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers on the application of EU Directive 2017/541 on combating terrorism".

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