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Call for Truth in the Borrel Affair

Call for Truth in the Borrel AffairBernard Borrel, a French magistrate, was assassinated on October 19, 1995 in Djibouti.

Everything was done in an attempt to disguise this crime as a suicide.

Pressure and manipulation has been employed for 11 years to hinder the truth.

The fact that the case has not been buried for good can be credited only to the courage of Elisabeth Borrel and the support she received.

The signatories demand that the obstacles to the ongoing investigation be removed, namely that the documents of state services that could be connected to the assassination be submitted to the investigative judge.

Situation in Georgia

MEDELIn order to save judicial independence and oppose governmental abuses of power, Media and NGO sector has created a coalition: “Civil Society for Democratic Georgia”.

This coalition mobilizes public awareness to ongoing processes and reflects the public interest in saving judiciary as an independent branch of the government. The coalition reflects the interests and objectives of the Georgian population to develop a democratic and rule-of-law based society in Georgia that will become a real part of the European family.

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Declaration on Iraq War - Justice, not War!

War in IraqOctober, 2005.

As European judges and prosecutors, we are deeply concerned about the war that United State, United Kingdom and their allies have declared to Iraq.

We perfectly know, of course, that Iraq is not a democratic Country, respectful of the Rule of Law, and that Mr. Saddam Hussein is a dictator who has had assaulted other States of the Middle east.

We also know that he does not respect any common standard of human rights established by the United Nations and by customary international law.

We do not love dictators at all ! But at the same time we are convinced that this unilateral war (based on the pretexts of a world-wide campaign against terrorism and countries supposed to be friendly with terrorists) constitutes a breach of peace and of the Statute of United Nations, as well as an aggression under international law.

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Crisis in Ecuador

Crisis in EcuadorRevocation by the National Assembly of 27 judges (of 31) of the Supreme Court of Justice.

Constitutional crisis and change of government.

 

Medel statement on torture in Iraq

IraqMarch, 2007

Abduction and detention in illegal prisons have nothing to do with international judicial and police cooperation in criminal matters; they rather represent outright violation of fundamental Human Rights.

The Judiciary must be independent and shall intervene when serious violations of Human Rights appear to have been perpetrated.

The respect for these principles is at the heart of Western Democracies, it lends them legitimacy in the fight against international terrorism.

Press release (March 2007)



Alliance between MEDEL and Judges of Latin America

Alliance between MEDEL and Judges of Latin AmericaThe Federation of Judges for Democracy of Latin America and the Carribean and MEDEL, at the conclusion of the seminar held in Porto on 28th - 30th May 2004. agree on the following common platform:

In many countries today jurisdiction finds itself pressed by political power which, by considering the judiciary as subalternate subsystem, aims at keeping jurisdiction homogeneous with political logics, which are founded on the majority principle.

In the constitutional State of Law, founded on the separation of powers, primacy of the Constitution implies primacy of human rights above majority opinions and, thus, autonomy and independence of those who have to safeguard these rights: that is to say, autonomy and independence of jurisdiction in respect to political power.

Magistrates have to take their role seriously and have to acquire consciousness of the fact that the independence bestowed upon them by the Constitution and by International Agreements grants them the possibility to be an instrument for the fulfilment of citizens' rights, as well as the possibility of controlling the legality of the exercise of all powers, excluding any immunity.

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