Maria de Lourdes AfiuniAnkara, 3 July 2010

Declaration of MEDEL about Judge Maria de Lourdes Afiuni from Venezuela

On December 2009 judge Maria Lourdes Mora Afiuni was arrested in the exercise of her duties in her official bureau, as a judge in Caracas (the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela), only because she has ruled a judicial decision.

The judge is detained since then with common delinquents, having been victim of attempts on his physical integrity

Medel condemn the imprisonment of judge Afiuni and the violations of hers fundamental rights.

Medel demand to the Venezuelan authorities the respect of the guarantees and fundamental rights of Judges and also required effective respect for the Independence of Judiciary in Venezuela.

 

USAMarch, 7th 2007

The public opinion is well informed on the existence of a number of covert, illegal actions carried out on European soil by United States’ security and intelligence forces, aimed at abducting foreign nationals suspected of belonging to terrorist organisations. The “extraordinary renditions”.

Judicial investigations on the matter in several European Countries have been followed by official reactions at the European level.

In November 2005 the Secretary General of the Council of Europe addressed the States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights a “Request for an explanation in accordance with Article 52 of the Convention” ; then there have been Reports by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament which have raised doubts on the Member States’ cooperation on these illegal operations.

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.

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.

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.

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

Constitutional crisis and change of government.

 

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