giovanni-falconeLa mort de Giovanni Falcone - et la fin aussi tragique de son collègue et ami Paolo Borsellino, moins de deux mois après - ont constitué pour les citoyens et la communauté juridique, pas seulement d'Italie, mais aussi de toute Europe et des nations civilisées, un fait au même temps tragique et rédempteur.

On peut dire que, en ce qui concerne la lutte contre la criminalité organisée, il y a eu un temps avant la mort de Falcone et Borsellino et un temps après leur assassinat.

Supreme Court, WarsawOn April 16th, 2011 the General Assembly of MEDEL had a meeting in Warsaw.

During the meeting was examined and discussed the situation of the Polish Judges, as reported by a Document submitted by the representatives of the Association IUSTITIA.

Medel expresses its strong support to the Resolution of the Polish Judges Association Iustitia of  April 8th, 2011 and shares the deep concerns formulated by Iustitia.

Palais justice BelgradeUpdated July 16th 2012.

Resolution taken on Dec. 26th, 2009

The Judges' Association of Serbia reached the conclusions that in the procedure of (re)election of judges, the High Judicial Council has made the mistakes as follows:

- the High Judicial Council has been constituted against the Constitution and Laws of Republic of Serbia;

- the High Judicial Council worked and rendered the decisions in improper way and manner as well as against the legal procedure;

- the High Judicial Council has entered secrecy in their work as well as decision making and that way of work resulted not only with high level of doubt in public yet with general doubt in existence of secret and not transparent criteria and political influence in subject (re) election of judges;

- the High Judicial Council denied and failed to request and obtain the opinions from the sittings of all judges about the candidates i.e. current judges with permanent judging function prior to issuing any decision;  

Renaud Van RuymbekeThe French Minister of Justice decided again to prosecute R. Van Ruymbeke.

Renaud Van Ruymbeke has always demonstrated exemplary professional dedication, in spite of all kinds of obstacles, in combating corruption and money laundering.

He is one of the initiators of the Geneva Appeal.

Medel has always expressed its full support to Renaud Van Ruymbeke regarding the attempts of destabilization he was subject to by the French Justice Ministry.

Antonio ClunyI am here today not because of my activist work against death penalty, but because I am representing a NGO that aggregates over eight thousand judges and prosecutors from all over Europe, from Germany to Turkey, from France and Belgium, to Italy, Spain and Portugal, from Czech Republic to Poland, Cyprus, Serbia and Romania.

This NGO called MEDEL, meaning in French, “Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés”, is a part of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty and has been recognised by the European Council and by the European Union, and it is usually consulted about Justice and Fundamental Rights issues. I am the deputy-chairman of this NGO and, in my own country, I am one of the Stand-In magistrates for the Portuguese General Attorney Office before the Supreme Court.

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.

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