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Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey

Platform for an Independent Judiciary in TurkeyThe 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)

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Statement by the Union of Judges of the Czech Republic on the removal of judges in Turkey

Statement by the Union of Judges of the Czech Republic on the removal of judges in TurkeyThe independence of the judiciary is one of the fundamental values of a democratic state and one constituent element of this is the possibility of removing a judge only for the reasons laid down by law within a due process. A state which consciously casts doubt on or infringes the independence of the judiciary deviates from the principles of democracy.

The immediate removal of almost 3,000 judges in Turkey and the imprisonment of some raises fundamental doubts as to adherence to the principle of the independence of the judiciary embedded in UN General Assembly Resolution 90/32 of 29 November 1985 and 40/146 of 13 December 1985, in Council of Europe Recommendation 7/1981, 86/1984, 12/1996 and others, in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as amended by Protocols Nos 3, 5, 8 (Article 6(1)) and in the International Pact on Civil and Political Rights (Article 14).

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Statement of the Associazione Donne Magistrato Italiane

A.D.M.I.A.D.M.I. Associazione Donne Magistrato Italiane esprime dolore per l’inaccettabile situazione in atto in Turchia ove, in una sola notte, sono stati sospesi ‘senza processo’ n.2749 magistrati, un numero che è pari ad un quarto della magistratura turca e molti dei quali anche incarcerati, come peraltro avvenuto anche per tanti avvocati, docenti e funzionari statali.

La situazione con il passare dei giorni non sembra mutare, nonostante il susseguirsi di appelli da tutta Europa e dal mondo, al contrario si susseguono notizie sempre più gravi, tra cui quella della confisca dei beni dei magistrati sospesi e dell'imbavagliamento della stampa, tanto che la Turchia appare oggi ben lontana dai valori di civiltà giuridica europea. La situazione in atto, infatti, è incompatibile con le regole dello Stato di diritto e delle libertà fondamentali e lo è pur la Turchia facendo parte del Consiglio d'Europa ed avendo -tra le altre- sottoscritto la Convenzione dei Diritti dell'Uomo, di cui costituisce certo grave violazione l’avvenuta lesione della indipendenza ed autonomia dei giudici.

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Statement of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the Member States of the European Union on the Situation in Turkey

Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European UnionThe Network of the Presidents is deeply concerned arising from reports of the recent removal from office of over 2,700 members of the Judiciary and prosecutors in Turkey, and of orders for the arrest of many Judges and Prosecutors.

Immediately following the attempted coup the Turkish Republic has suspended, dismissed and/or arrested thousands of people, including many Judges. Among those are judges of the Council of State and the Court of Cassation of Turkey. The number of citizens involved, and the announcement by the President of the Republic of Turkey of the possible restoration of the death penalty, also raise serious concerns.

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Press release of the German Supreme Court | Stellungnahme des Netzwerks der Präsidentinnen und Präsidenten der Obersten Gerichtshöfe der Europäischen Union

Der BundesgerichtshofDas Netzwerk der Präsidentinnen und Präsidenten der Obersten Gerichtshöfe der Europäischen Union, dem auch die Präsidentin des Bundesgerichtshofs angehört, hat heute eine Stellungnahme zur Situation in der Türkei abgegeben, in der es seine tiefe Besorgnis über die dortigen Geschehnisse zum Ausdruck bringt.

Das Netzwerk sieht die aktuellen Ereignisse, insbesondere die Entlassung und Verhaftung Tausender Richter, als Angriff auf die Unabhängigkeit der Justiz und Bedrohung für den Rechtsstaat in einem Mitgliedsland des Europarates. Es ruft auf zur Beachtung der Rechtsstaatlichkeit und der Menschenrechte und fordert auf zur Anwendung bestehender Monitoring-Instrumente zur Wahrung der Menschenrechte sowohl auf der Ebene des Europarates als auch der Vereinten Nationen.

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