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MEDEL issued a statement on the decision of the Polish Constitutional Court of 07 October 2021:

The backsliding of Rule of Law in Poland has known another important chapter, with the decision issued by the Polish Constitutional Court on 07 October 2021.

MEDEL has been for many years raising concerns about the serious situation of the Polish Constitutional Court. In its statement of 13 July 2017 (https://www.medelnet.eu/index.php/news/europe/383-medel-communique-on-the-situation-of-the-constitutional-court-in-poland), MEDEL already pointed out that “the ruling majority in Poland has in practice eliminated the Constitutional Court from Polish legal system. It has affected the independence of the Constitutional Tribunal by appointing a working majority of loyalists to the Government”, highlighting that “it is striking that a country which has suffered so much from fascism and communism is depriving itself of a crucial safeguard introduced to prevent dictatorship”.

neweuropeansMedel stands in solidarity with the free Belarus Journalists and took part today, October 11th, at the event on the Press Club in Brussels:

Update on the situation of Belarus journalists - Press Club Brussels Europe

The Belarus Supreme Court dissolved on 27 August the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), the only independent representative organisation of journalists and media workers in Belarus and one of the country’s most prominent champions of freedom of expression.

ImageJM2021longOn occasion of the 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty, MEDEL co-signed with 62 other organisations of the World Coalition Against Death Penalty a joint statement on the death penalty and women's rights

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À l'occasion de la 19ème Journée mondiale contre la peine de mort, MEDEL a co-signé avec 62 autres organisations de la Coalition mondiale contre la peine de mort une déclaration conjointe sur la peine de mort et les droits des femmes.

Ministere de la JusticeThe French Minister of Justice replied to the letter sent by MEDEL, AEJ, AEAJ and Judges for Judges.

Medel once again urges for the need of a coordinated action of national governments and EU authorities, in order to rescue the Afghan magistrates, especially women, who face grave danger.

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MEDEL issued a statement regarding the Opinion adopted on 13 July 2021 by the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, under article 5, paragraph 4, of the Optional Protocol, in respect of Communication No. 2844/2016, presented by the Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón:

MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés took notice of the Opinion adopted on 13 July 2021 by the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, under article 5, paragraph 4, of the Optional Protocol, in respect of Communication No. 2844/2016, presented by the Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón.

EU

Today, September 7th 2021, the European Commission decided to act in order to guarantee the respect of the decisions issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union in defence of the Polish justice system.

The Commission decided to request the CJEU to impose a daily penalty payment on Poland to ensure compliance with the Court's interim measures order of 14 July 2021, requested under Article 279 TFEU, related to the functioning of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court and the suspension of further provisions of Polish law affecting judicial independence.

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MEDEL has been following with deep concern the events in Afghanistan. The bureau sent a letter to UNHCR, affirming MEDEL's availability to help in the settlement of all those magistrates, lawyers and human rights defenders that manage to escape.

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MEDEL suit avec une profonde inquiétude les événements en Afghanistan. Le bureau a envoyé une lettre au HCNUR, affirmant la disponibilité de MEDEL à aider à l'installation de tous les magistrats, avocats et défenseurs des droits de l'homme qui parviennent à s'échapper.

 

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MEDEL stands in solidarity with all Afghan judges, and urges the international players to actively protect all women, including female magistrates, who see their lives endangered with the deterioration of the situation.
 
MEDEL est solidaire avec tous les magistrats afghans et demande aux acteurs internationaux de protéger activement toutes les femmes, y compris les magistrates, qui voient leur vie mise en danger par la détérioration de la situation.
 

Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges, Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL)

MEDEL, European Association of Judges, Association of European Administrative Judges and Judges for Judges have sent today a letter to Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel and David Sassoli, stressing the need for an urgent and strong reaction to the recent developments in the Polish Judiciary. You can read the letter below.

Four European Associations of Judges and Prosecutors took notice with great concern of the recent developments in Poland in reaction to the decisions of the European Court of Justice of 15 July 2021 (Case C-791/19) and also of 14 July 2021 in the pending case C-204/21 (regarding the ‘Muzzle law’).

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(EN) MEDEL has issued a statement regarding the recent developments in the Polish Judiciary and the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

(FR) MEDEL a publié une déclaration concernant les récents développements dans le système judiciaire polonais et les décisions de la Cour de Justice de l'Union Européenne.

MEDEL welcomes the two critical European Court of Justice’s decisions delivered last week in the so-called “Polish cases”– order issued on 14th of July 2021 in case C-204/21 and final verdict of one of the infringement procedures – case C-771/19, rendered on 15th of July 2021. Both of these decisions relate to the principle of independence of the judiciary. Under the ECJ’s ruling of 14 July, supplemental to an earlier ECJ ruling of 8 April 2020 (“muzzle law”), the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court has been found invalid in all cases related to judges – disciplinary and immunity.

In the verdict delivered on 15th of July, ECJ explicitly states that the Disciplinary Chamber does not fulfil the criteria of an independent and impartial court. ECJ also emphasised that Polish disciplinary system of judges fails to guarantee fundamental rights of defendants. Both these decisions confirm the essential European Union’s cornerstone legal principle of independence of justice.

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