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Letter to the President of the Bulgarian National Assembly, regarding the proposal of amendments of the Judicial System

MEDELTo Her Excellency, The President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria Ms. TSETSKA TSACHEVA DANGOVSKA.

Your Excellency, MEDEL (Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés), an organization of European judges and prosecutors created with the main purpose to defend the independence of the judiciary, democracy and human rights, currently comprises 22 national associations from 15 European countries, including Bulgaria, and is an observer member of the CCPE and the CCJE (within the Council of Europe).
It has come to our knowledge that the Bulgarian National Assembly is discussing amendments to the Judiciary System Act, and that included in those amendments is a proposal by the Parliamentary legislative committee that demands judges and prosecutors to declare before the Supreme Judicial Council their membership in professional organizations. According to the same proposals, the Supreme Judicial Council would maintain a registry containing these declarations.

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Imprisoned Turkish Judges and Prosecutors nominated for Vaclav Havel Prize

Vaclav Havel PrizeMEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la démocratie et les libertés, has nominated two Turkish Judges (Metin Özçelik and Mustafa Başer) and four Turkish Prosecutors (Süleyman Bağrıyanık, Ahmet Karaca, Aziz Takçı and Özcan Şişman) to receive the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016 of the Council of Europe.

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Declaration on Greece - Pour l’avenir Europeen du peuple Grec: justice, solidarite et dignite

Greece - EULe parlement grec vient d’approuver dans la douleur « l’accord[i] » trouvé en urgence entre la Grèce et ses créanciers dans le cadre de son maintien dans la zone euro et de la perspective d’un troisième plan d’aide [ii]. Cet accord est intervenu dans un contexte de détresse accrue de la population grecque et lui impose de nouvelles « réformes sérieuses » dont des réformes juridiques comme celle du code de procédure civile [iii] et d’autres se traduisant par des nouvelles mesures d’austérité.

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Resolution on the imprisonnment of judges and prosecutors in Turkey

MEDELMEDEL, gathered in Athens on May 23 to commemorate its 30th anniversary, was alarmed by the worsening of the situation of justice in Turkey.

MEDEL therefore draws the attention of the international community to the situation of Turkish judiciary in which government orchestrating assault on judges and prosecutors reaches another low with every passing day.

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The biggest challenge Turkish Republic and judiciary ever faced

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.

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