MEDEL celebrates its 30th anniversary in Athens

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.

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A Europe of Justice that Fosters Democracy and Freedom As a Response to Crisis

Kathe Kollwitz The Lisbon Treaty has established a zone of justice, freedom and security between the European Union country members, which are required to honour the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

By publishing the Stockholm Programme for an area of freedom, security and justice at the service of its citizens in 2009, The European Union set before itself an ambitious task.

Justice has to be a force for democracy, effective both for the promotion of citizens’ rights and for the prevention of crime and corruption.

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Murder of judge Mireya Efigenia Mendoza Peña

Mendoza PenaJudge Mendoza Peña was murdered on July 24th 2013.

She was a judge in El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras and undersecretary of the "Asociación Jueces por la Democracia" ("Judges for Democracy" Association), which works to defend Honduran magistrates and judges.

MEDEL statement (SP)

Statement of the Inter Amercan Commission on Human Rights

Justice in front of economic crisis

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1. Medel's ambition is inspired by a civil society model: the principle goals of this association are to defend the independence of the judiciary power both with respect to any other power and to any particular interest, to ensure an unconditional respect for the values of democracy and the Rule of Law, to defend minority rights and divergent groups in perspective of social emancipation of the weakest.

Defend the independence of justice for the equality of citizens before the law.

2. The effectiveness of these rights depends on the people and institutions responsible for their application.

It is the role of the judiciary in particular to ensure fundamental rights and to prosecute criminal activity. In a crisis, the action of the administrative and financial courts is essential to ensure the legality and regularity of public resource allocation.

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