MEDELIn its Council of Administration held in Firenze, Italy, on September 19th, 2020, MEDEL approved:

- the Declaration of Firenze, on the Independence of the Public Prosecution;

- a statement on the visit to Turkey of the President of the ECHR.

You may find them here.


Upon invitation of Turkey's Minister of Justice, the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano, made an official visit to Turkey on 3rd September 2020, where he received an honorary doctorate from the Istanbul University. During his visit, he gave a speech at the Turkish Judicial Academy, had a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and also met and took pictures with other AKP executives.

MEDEL sees with great concern the fact that the President of the ECHR accepted an honorary doctorate from one of the academic institutions that since the failed coup d’état of July 2016 have dismissed more than 5.000 academics, without any due process or guarantees.


Since the Palermo Declaration “Elements of a European Statute of the Judiciary”, adopted on 16 January 1993, MEDEL affirmed that the autonomy of the public prosecutor constitutes a fundamental instrument of the independence of jurisdiction. As public prosecutors contribute to a fair, impartial and efficient justice- system, they should enjoy guarantees equivalent to those of judges, without external interferences or undue pressure[1]. 

MEDEL reaffirmed in the “Naples Declaration of Principles Concerning the Public Prosecutor”, adopted on 2 March 1996, the essential role of public prosecutors in protecting the Rule of Law, as well as the need of a parallel statute of judges and prosecutors guaranteeing independent performance of duties.[2]

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Joınt Statement on the arrest of 48 Lawyers and 7 Intern Lawyers in Ankara, Turkey (16.9.2020)MEDEL has co-signed a joint statement, published today, on the mass arrest of lawyers in Turkey. You can read it below:

Through the new “alternative bar associations” legislation and President Erdogan’s own words “Those who act as the lawyers of terrorists may not act like terrorists themselves. If they do so, there must be a price to pay”, which he said in the presence of judges and prosecutors in the new judicial year opening ceremony, the Turkish government had already signaled that a new phase in the persecution of lawyers was about to start. Only a few days after President Erdogan’s speech, today (11 September 2020), the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor has ordered the arrest of 48 lawyers, 7 trainee lawyers, 4 purged judges and a law graduate, for being “members of a terrorist organisation”


MEDEL issued a statement on the death of the Turkish Lawyer Ebru Timtik. You can find it below:

The death of Ebru Timtik, after 238 days of hunger strike, adds one more life to the many that have already been quashed since the upheaval of democracy in Turkey, and confirms that all members of the Turkish legal community (judges, lawyers, academics) who keep working to defend the rule of law remain “enemies” to fight without mercy.

Ebru Timtik was sentenced to more than 13 years of prison for alleged membership in a terrorist organization, simply on the basis of her professional activity. She never stopped to fight against this injustice, claiming her right to have a fair trial, a fundamental guarantee that is now denied to Turkish citizens.

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The Platform for an independent Judiciary in Turkey has just issued a statement about the situation in Turkey. 
It was sent to the Turkish government, the Council of Europe and European Union institutions.

filipe.marques.photoWithin the scope of our new project we are publishing interviews with prominent European lawyers, academics and executives of judges’ associations. Our fourth interview is with Filipe Marques who is the president of MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés. 

Q1: Mr. Marques, You are president of MEDEL which is an organization of judges and prosecutors. Could you tell us about MEDEL and its work?

Mr Marques: MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés, is a European NGO that gathers associations of judges and prosecutors, acting as an “umbrella association”. It was founded in June 1985 in Strasbourg by eight professional organizations (trade unions or associations) of judges and prosecutors from six European countries (France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany) that had a progressist view of the judiciary and the role of magistrates in the administration of justice. This was a continuation of several previous meetings between European magistrates committed to defending the independence of the judiciary, the promotion of rule of law and the construction of a European judicial area based on the guarantee of fundamental rights, in political as well as economic and social matters.

Poland's rule of law breaches putting EU’s future at stake, argue Filipe Marques and Roger CasalePoland's rule of law breaches putting EU’s future at stake, argue Filipe Marques and Roger Casale. Call for European Commission to ‘walk the talk’ on upholding rule of law.

Arainbow flag being set fire to on the streets of Warsaw by fascists masquerading as homophobic bullies is no longer out of place in Poland.

Ironically, the spectacle was staged to mark the Warsaw uprising, the largest operation undertaken by a European resistance movement during WW2. The bullies seemed oblivious of which side of history they were on. If you start by burning objects, like flags or books, you end up burning people.

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The Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey, of which MEDEL is a member, has released a statement, marking another anniversary of the attempted coup d'Etat in Turkey.
A similar letter has been also sent to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.


Four years ago, on July 15th 2016, a failed coup d’état in Turkey set in motion an unprecedented and orchestrated campaign to destroy the Rule of Law and the independence of the Judiciary.

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