MEDEL issued a statement on the death of the Turkish Lawyer Ebru Timtik. You can find it below:

The death of Ebru Timtik, after 238 days of hunger strike, adds one more life to the many that have already been quashed since the upheaval of democracy in Turkey, and confirms that all members of the Turkish legal community (judges, lawyers, academics) who keep working to defend the rule of law remain “enemies” to fight without mercy.

Ebru Timtik was sentenced to more than 13 years of prison for alleged membership in a terrorist organization, simply on the basis of her professional activity. She never stopped to fight against this injustice, claiming her right to have a fair trial, a fundamental guarantee that is now denied to Turkish citizens.

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The Platform for an independent Judiciary in Turkey has just issued a statement about the situation in Turkey. 
It was sent to the Turkish government, the Council of Europe and European Union institutions.

filipe.marques.photoWithin the scope of our new project we are publishing interviews with prominent European lawyers, academics and executives of judges’ associations. Our fourth interview is with Filipe Marques who is the president of MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés. 

Q1: Mr. Marques, You are president of MEDEL which is an organization of judges and prosecutors. Could you tell us about MEDEL and its work?

Mr Marques: MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés, is a European NGO that gathers associations of judges and prosecutors, acting as an “umbrella association”. It was founded in June 1985 in Strasbourg by eight professional organizations (trade unions or associations) of judges and prosecutors from six European countries (France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany) that had a progressist view of the judiciary and the role of magistrates in the administration of justice. This was a continuation of several previous meetings between European magistrates committed to defending the independence of the judiciary, the promotion of rule of law and the construction of a European judicial area based on the guarantee of fundamental rights, in political as well as economic and social matters.

MEDELPoland's rule of law breaches putting EU’s future at stake, argue Filipe Marques and Roger Casale. Call for European Commission to ‘walk the talk’ on upholding rule of law.

Arainbow flag being set fire to on the streets of Warsaw by fascists masquerading as homophobic bullies is no longer out of place in Poland.

Ironically, the spectacle was staged to mark the Warsaw uprising, the largest operation undertaken by a European resistance movement during WW2. The bullies seemed oblivious of which side of history they were on. If you start by burning objects, like flags or books, you end up burning people.

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The Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey, of which MEDEL is a member, has released a statement, marking another anniversary of the attempted coup d'Etat in Turkey.
A similar letter has been also sent to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.


Four years ago, on July 15th 2016, a failed coup d’état in Turkey set in motion an unprecedented and orchestrated campaign to destroy the Rule of Law and the independence of the Judiciary.


Tomorrow we shall face another stage of dismantling of the rule of law in Poland.

The Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, disabled by CJEU decision of 8 April 2020, will nonetheless consider the motion of politically driven prosecution to allow pressing criminal charges against judge Tuleya. The only “crime” of judge Tuleya is that he adjudicated against expectations of the ruling party by ordering to continue investigation into irregularities in voting in the parliament and making the hearing in this case public.

MEDELOn Tuesday 9 June, at 9:00, Judge Igor Tuleya is called to the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court in Poland, for a hearing to lift his immunity against criminal prosecution for an official act as Judge, i.e. the decision of allowing access to the press when ruling on the resuming of investigation into a possibly irregular voting process carried out in the Parliament of Poland.

Two online demonstrations in support of Judge Igor Tuleya and independent judges will take place Monday:

«Europe for Poland» (English) 16:00 organized by/Iustitia, European Association of Judges EAJ, MEDEL, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Amnesty International Norway,Human Rights House Foundation, Norwegian Judges Association, Rafto Foundation for Human Rights 


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.

E-book "Justice and Challenges in Times of Pandemic in Europe"MEDEL gathered the communications and notes of speakers presented in the webinar “Justice and Challenges in Times of Pandemic in Europe”, held on May 6th, 2020, and organised by our portuguese member association Sindicato dos Magistrados do Ministério Público (SMMP), with the collaboration of MEDEL.

The goal of the webinar and this publication is to give an overview of the situation in 10 different countries – what was done, how did the judiciaries react and what challenges and shortcomings can be identified.

MEDELMEDEL has sent a letter to EU Commissioners Vera Jourova and Didier Reynders, about the disciplinary proceedings against Polish Judge Igor Tuleya, demanding an immediate action from the European Commission:

To Her Excellency Ms. Vera Jourová, European Commissioner of Values and Transparency and His Excellency Mr. Didier Reynders, European Commissioner of Justice.

Your Excellencies, While the whole legal community in Europe welcomed the European Court of Justice’s decision of 8 April 2020 obliging Poland to suspend the activity of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court with regard to disciplinary cases concerning judges, Polish authorities openly ignore it.

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