Greece crisisOn the 30th anniversary of MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés - Solidarity, Dignity, Justice

In June 1985, a group of European magistrates  - judges and prosecutors - founded MEDEL - Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés, based on the strong belief that a united Europe could not be limited to free markets, but had to be based on fundamental rights and the Rule of Law in democratic societies.

Thirty years later, Europe has changed in ways that were then hardly imaginable – totalitarian regimes have fallen, democracy spread, borders opened and several new Member States joined the European Union.

yarsavTurkish government, after the accumulation of executive, legislative and judicial power into one hand, submitted a security bill to the Turkish General Assembly which grants enhanced and unprecedented powers to the Police force.

In the disguise of ensuring public safety and order, police officers will be given new mandates such as; without obtaining permission from judge and prosecutor police officers will be entitled to order strip search, car search and detention of individuals.

Charlie HebdoTribute to the cartoonists killed in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

DiversityFrom the 13th to the 26th of October, the European Union, with the cooperation of FRONTEX and EUROPOL, is carrying out the operation “MOS MAIORUM”, targeting migrants living in the EU area.

During that period, around 20,000 police officers will control border crossings, railway and bus stations and highways throughout Europe to apprehend so-called irregular migrants - people living without official documentation granting permission to stay in the EU.

EU officials say the operation is needed to “combat human-smuggling rings” and to “gather information on smuggling routes”.

SarkozyMEDEL supports judges attacked in France, after the indictement for corruption of Mr Sarkozy, former President of the Republic.

Face au déferlement d'attaques contre la justice ces derniers jours, en France, suite à la mise en examen de l'ancien Président de laRépublique, MEDEL (Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés), réunie à Belgrade :

Après la violente fusillade qui a coûté la vie à quFatal shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels atre personnes, dans le Musée Juif de Bruxelles, MEDEL communique :

Profondément choqué par cette violence haineuse et aveugle perpétrée dans un lieu profondément symbolique, MEDEL exprime sa solidarité à l'égard du peuple Belge et ses pensées émues vont aux victimes et leurs proches. Tout doit être mis en œuvre pour que soient identifiés et traduits en justice les auteurs de cette tuerie.

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.

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