MEDELHaving been informed by our member association Jueces para la Democracia of the situation involving the Chilean Judge D. Daniel Urrutia Lebreaux, the bureau of MEDEL has approved to fully subscribe the statement here bellow (in its original Spanish version and the English translation), issued by Jueces para la Democracia, and express solidarity with the Judge affected.

Ayant été informé par notre association membre Jueces para la Democracia sur la situation mettant en cause le juge chilien D. Daniel Urrutia Lebreaux,le bureau de MEDEL a approuvé de souscrire pleinement la déclaration ci-dessous (dans sa version originale en espagnol et la traduction en anglais et français), de Jueces para la Democracia et d’exprimer sa solidarité avec le juge affecté.

MEDELOn the last days, MEDEL got news from Turkey, which give rise to great concern about the stability of the democracy, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in that country.

In fact, there is news about an eminent project to reform the High Judicial Council, the supreme governing body of the judiciary and guardian of judicial independence and rule of law.

The reform project suggests to permit a direct interference of the Government on the carrier of judges and prosecutors and on the internal management of the judiciary.

Organismo Judicial GuatemalaEn la lucha contra la impunidad es histórica la sentencia de 10 de mayo de 2013 dictada por un Tribunal guatemalteco al condenar por primera vez a un dictador en Latinoamérica por genocidio y crímenes contra la humanidad.

El juicio fue un testimonio de la resistencia y el coraje de las víctimas, quienes después de tres décadas de impunidad institucionalizada y negación oficial de los hechos, se atrevieron a denunciar ante un Tribunal nacional la violencia sistemática desplegada por el Ejército guatemalteco.

Organismo Judicial GuatemalaMay 10th, 2013 because of a ruling by a Guatemalan court to for the first time condemn a dictator in Latin America for genocide and crimes against humanity, marks an historic day in the struggle against impunity.

The trial was a proof of the strength and the courage of the victims, who after three decades of institutionalized impunity and official denial of the facts, dared to denounce the systematic violence by the Guatemalan army before a national court.

It also constitutes a testimony of the courage of plaintiffs lawyers and human rights activists, prosecutors and judges who strove to bring the case to a successful conclusion, with a systematic campaign of institutional vilification.

Nelson Mandela"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison."

Nelson Mandela will remain to be an inspiration for us.

Peine de mort 2013

The 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty will take place in Madrid between 12-15 June 2013.

During three days, united members of international civil society, politicians, and legal experts will have a chance to elaborate abolitionist strategies for the years to come at the national, regional, and international levels, and to send out a clear message to the world: that universal abolition is essential for a world where progress and justice must prevail.


Giovanna AntonelliMeeting in Brasilia on the occasion of the International Seminar "The Role of Public Prosecution in the Criminal Investigation" conducted by the Attorney General's Office and the Ministry of Public Democratic Movement, we express our concern over the withdrawal of investigative powers in criminal prosecutors because

1. represents disrespect to the essence of the model built in the Federal Constitution of 1988, the result of the desires of society, which established the Public Prosecutor as an institution essential to citizenship, requesting it, and the defense of collective interests, diffuse and unavailable, the year of action public criminal, always intervening and adjacent towards civil society;

CorruptionAs the international community strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and forge an agenda for economic and social progress in the years beyond, addressing the problem of corruption becomes all the more urgent.

Oct 10th: 10th World Day against the Death Penalty Oct 10th: 10th World Day against the Death Penalty


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