Organismo Judicial GuatemalaMay 10th, 2013 because of a ruling by a Guatemalan court to for the first time condemn a dictator in Latin America for genocide and crimes against humanity, marks an historic day in the struggle against impunity.

The trial was a proof of the strength and the courage of the victims, who after three decades of institutionalized impunity and official denial of the facts, dared to denounce the systematic violence by the Guatemalan army before a national court.

It also constitutes a testimony of the courage of plaintiffs lawyers and human rights activists, prosecutors and judges who strove to bring the case to a successful conclusion, with a systematic campaign of institutional vilification.

Nelson Mandela"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison."

Nelson Mandela will remain to be an inspiration for us.

Marek BiernackiMEDEL, along with the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations always underlines the key-role of an independent judicial power as an indispensable guarantee for the promotion of fundamental rights and basic freedoms of all citizens.

The right to a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law is one of the crucial human rights in a democratic state. It is a duty of the government of each democratic country to organize its judicial system in a way guaranteeing everyone the access to justice.

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.

LampedusaThis week, Europe has witnessed the tragedy unfolding a few meters from its shores, at the island of Lampedusa.

It’s just another chapter of the continuous struggle of human beings, many of whom are deprived of the basic conditions of life and of respect for human rights in their home countries, that see in Europe a place where they can work and live, simply hoping to grant to their families a normal and prosperous future.

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

MEDELMedel isued a statement on the proposed change of the Law on about the structure and powers of the Spanish General Council of the Judiciary.

Read the statement

Peine de mort 2013

The 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty will take place in Madrid between 12-15 June 2013.

During three days, united members of international civil society, politicians, and legal experts will have a chance to elaborate abolitionist strategies for the years to come at the national, regional, and international levels, and to send out a clear message to the world: that universal abolition is essential for a world where progress and justice must prevail.

 

Manifestation SMAprès la violente fusillade qui a coûté la vie à quatre personnes, dans le Musée Juif de Bruxelles, MEDEL communique :

Profondément choqué par cette violence haineuse et aveugle perpétrée dans un lieu profondément symbolique, MEDEL exprime sa solidarité à l'égard du peuple Belge et ses pensées émues vont aux victimes et leurs proches.

EUConference in Rome on June 12th and 14th 2013

Press release of the European Commission on the new prosecutor's office (July 22nd 2013.)

 

 

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