Friday, July 12, 2024


Situation in Turkey

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

MEDEL calls on the European institutions to demand Turkey to release the arrested judges and prosecutors

MEDEL urges all the European institutions to condemn in the strongest terms the brutal attack of the Turkish authorities to the independence of the...

SMMP’s communiqué: The arrest of Turkish judges and prosecutors: blaming the innocent

1.    We have followed the last moments of freedom of the Turkish colleagues (judges and public prosecutors, members of YARSAV) who, in wake of...

Magistratura Democratica statement on situation in Turkey

Magistratura Democratica expresses its concern over the news coming from Turkey in the aftermath of the attempted military coup. The announcement about the large...

Portuguese judges statement

A Associação Sindical dos Juízes Portugueses (ASJP) segue com profunda preocupação e indignação os acontecimentos em curso na Turquia que dão conta do afastamento...

Open letter of the Belgian associations of magistrates to the Belgian government

Betreft: situatie in Turkije – Schorsing en arrestatie van magistraten. Geachte heer Eerste Minister, Geachte heer Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Geachte heer Minister van...

Letter of the Syndicat de la Magistrature (France) to the French president

Monsieur le Président de la République, Dans l’immédiate suite de la tentative de coup d’Etat intervenue en Turquie, des nouvelles saisissantes nous sont parvenues...

Coup d’etat in Turkey has only just begun

In the past 21 months in Turkey, nearly 9.000 magistrates (out of around 15.000) who dared to protect basic rights and freedoms and to...

Actions taken by the Spanish associations of Judges and Prosecutors about the situation in Turkey

Jueces para la Democracia insta a Rajoy a intervenir ante Erdogan para que ponga fin a la purga contra jueces y fiscales. El Secretariado...

Open letter of the Bulgarian judges

The Bulgarian Judges Association is following with particular concern and worry what is happening to our colleagues in Turkey. Within the framework of the...

MEDEL calls for immediate release of judges and prosecutors detained in Turkey and stands beside colleagues associated in YARSAV

MEDEL was informed that today thousands of judges and prosecutors in Turkey were arrested and dismissed. While MEDEL has not sufficient elements to comment on...

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