MEDEL statement on the rescue ship AquariusMEDEL considers that the decision not to let the humanitarian and rescue ship “Aquarius” dock at an Italian port has seriously damaged the values on which the spiritual and moral heritage of the European Union is founded.

The human tragedy of current migration flows occurring every day in the Mediterranean Sea calls Europe and its member states to fulfil the promises enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: the commitment to place the person at the center of the action of the European Union; the responsibility and duties with regard to other persons, the human community and future generations, so that everyone can enjoy his or her fundamental rights.

MEDEL statement on the situation of the Judiciary in MontenegroThe current Constitutional and legal provisions of Montenegro related to the election of members of the Judicial Council seriously violate the principles of independence and impartiality of the Montenegrin judiciary, situation that breaches the principles of the Rule of law.

The Montenegrin judiciary is threatened by a blockade, due to the inability to secure the necessary two- thirds majority for the election of members of the Judicial Council among the prominent lawyers.

MEDEL statement on the constitutional reform in SerbiaIn light of the process of constitutional amendments in Serbia with regard to the judiciary and the prosecutorial service

Having in mind the proposed solutions in the 13th April 2018 Draft Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia and the Draft of the Constitutional Law

Recalling to the unjustifiable violation of the Rule of Law undertaken in 2009 by “re-election” of all judges, prosecutors and deputies of public prosecutors and in 2011/2012 during the review of the re-election

Endorsing the Opinion of the Consultative Council of European Judges Bureau of 4 May 2018

MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés, emphasises the following :

MEDEL statement on the interference of Secret Services in the Romanian JudiciaryOn its Council of Administration held in Brussels on May 25th, 2018, MEDEL approved the following statement regarding the interference of the Secret Services in the Romanian Judiciary.

On the eve of the Council of Administration, the Bureau of MEDEL met with Mr. Emmanuel Crabit, Director of Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. In that meeting, various subjects were addressed regarding the current threats to the Independence of the Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Europe, and a report made by the Romanian Judges Association on that matter (which can be found here) was personaly delivered.

MEDELMEDEL pronounced the 23rd of May as the alert day for the independence of justice in Europe, remembering the anniversary of the assassination of the Italian Judge Giovanni Falcone by the Mafia in 1992.

On this date, we are invited to reflect on the need for an independent and effective justice all over Europe and its importance for the safeguard of European citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms. All European citizens must be remembered of the essentiality of an independent judiciary, able to protect the basic freedoms and rights all over Europe.

MEDELMEDEL will hold its next Council of Administration in Brussels, on the 25th of May, at the Palais de la Justice.

On Saturday, May 26th, MEDEL and AED - Association of European Democratic Lawyers, will co-organise the international conference "THE INDEPENDENCE OF JUSTICE IN EUROPE: LAWYERS/MAGISTRATES/DUO/DUEL”.

Statement by the Associazione Nazionale Magistrati following the news on the death in detention of Teoman Gökçe, former member of the HSYKAssociazione Nazionale Magistrati adopted the statement following the news on the death in detention of Teoman Gökçe, former member of the HSYK.

While expressing the Italian judges’ and prosecutors’ solidarity with his family and the Turkish colleagues still in detention or removed from their positions, the ANM asks the Italian and European institutions to intervene and urge Turkey to reestablish the rule of law. You can read the statement below in Italian.

Conference and Council of Administration in BerlinOn March 16th, MEDEL organised a conference at the Kammergericht, in Berlin, on the subject: "Independent judiciary in Poland and Europe? An analisys in the light of the recent Polish judicial reform".

The goal of the conference was to discuss the implications of the Polish judicial reform for Polish judges and the rest of Europe.

MEDEL invited both researchers and practitioners as well as proven experts of the Polish judicial system to debate this topic:

MEDELMEDEL has approved in its Council of Administration held in Berlin last 17th of March a declaration on the decision of the Irish High Court about the Judiciary in Poland:

On March 12th, 2018, Irish High Court Judge Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union for a ruling on the effect of the recent legislative changes in Poland.

The referral was made in the European Arrest Warrant case of a Polish citizen who is wanted to face trial in Poland on drug trafficking charges and was arrested in Ireland.

The decision taken by Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly is a consequence of the attacks on the independence of the Judiciary carried out by the Polish Government, constantly denounced by MEDEL.

murat.arslan.webMurat Arslan: "This trial is a revenge against YARSAV". Report about the first day of trial in the criminal proceedings against the chairman of YARSAV, the banned Turkish Association of Judges and Prosecutors. 

Murat Arslan began his career in law at the Turkish National Court of Accounts (Sayıştay). He changed paths in 2005 when he became a reporter judge for the Constitutional Court. He first became active in YARSAV, the Turkish association of judges and prosecutors founded in 2006, as a member of the board. Later he became the vice-president of the association, and was elected president in 2011. He was reelected several times and was the chairman of YARSAV until the organization was banned by an emergency decree after the attempted coup d’état on 15.07.2015. Murat Arslan had already been transferred back to the national Court of Accounts in 2015. After the attempted coup d’état, he was dismissed and from 19.10.2016 on he has been in detention pending trial.

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