J4J condemns the unreasoned removal of Murat Arslan against his will

Gepubliceerd op: 26 augustus 2015 in: Activiteiten, Turkije | Comments Off on J4J condemns the unreasoned removal of Murat Arslan against his will

Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey

Dear Mr. President,

The Dutch Foundation Judges for Judges — which aims to support fellow judges abroad who have experienced or may experience problems related to their profession — kindly draws your attention to the case of our Turkish colleague Murat Arslan.

Murat Arslan, chairman of Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) was recently removed from his duty as reporter in the Constitutional Court. He was informed earlier this month by the Court’s Secretary-General that he had been relieved of his post which he had held for the past 10 years. No reasons therefore were given.

[…]

We condemn the unreasoned removal of Murat Arslan against his will to his former judicial post, we therefore ask you as the President of the Constitutional Court for reinstatement of Murat Arslan to his duty as reporter in your Court.

[Read the whole letter (pdf)]

See also: J4J concerned by the arrest and ongoing detention of two Turkish judges

 

J4J concerned by the arrest and ongoing detention of two Turkish judges

Gepubliceerd op: 28 juli 2015 in: Activiteiten, Turkije | Comments Off on J4J concerned by the arrest and ongoing detention of two Turkish judges
Judges for Judges is very concerned by the arrest and ongoing detention of two Turkish judges Metin Özçelik and Mustafa Başer since April 30th and the 1st of May respectively.

In a society based on the rule of law it is the duty of the government to respect and protect the independence of the judiciary. But we are alarmed by this apparent serious interference with the work of these judges in politically sensitive cases.

This because there are serious indications that these two judges were arrested and detained as a result of decisions they made while discharging their professional duties rather than on evidence of criminal activity.

Tamara Trotman had a meeting in Istanbul on July 27th 2015 with Başer’s and Özçelik’s lawyers Hacer Yilmaz and Önder Durdu. Afterwards there was a pressconference in front of the Court in Istanbul where both lawyers made statements about the cases of their clients.
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Mensenrechtenraad (15 juni – 3 juli 2015)

Gepubliceerd op: 19 juni 2015 in: Activiteiten, IBAHRI, Matters of Principle, Special Rapporteur | Comments Off on Mensenrechtenraad (15 juni – 3 juli 2015)

United NationsOp dit moment (15 juni – 3 juli 2015) vindt in Geneve de 29ste sessie plaats van de Human Rights Council (HRC) van de Verenigde Naties. Nederland is van 2015- 2017 lid van deze Mensenrechtenraad.

Deze week presenteert ook Gabriela Knaul, de Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers haar nieuwste rapport ‘Protecting Children’s Rights in the Justice System’.Rechters voor Rechters is voor een aantal bijeenkomsten uitgenodigd die in de marge van deze grote internationale vergadering plaatsvinden. Immers niet alleen de landendelegaties zijn op dit moment in Geneve, ook vele vertegenwoordigers van NGO’s op mensenrechtengebied verblijven deze weken korter of langer in deze mooie stad.

Een hele nuttige manier dus om veel verschillende mensen te zien en te spreken en nuttige contacten te leggen of te verdiepen voor Rechters voor Rechters. Lees verder…;

Independence of the Judiciary: European standards | CIJL

Gepubliceerd op: 19 juni 2015 in: CIJL_ICJ, Special Rapporteur | Comments Off on Independence of the Judiciary: European standards | CIJL
The Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL)

The Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL)

Head of ICJ’s Centre for the Independence of Judges & Lawyers, Matt Pollard, today moderated a side event on “Securing the independence and effectiveness of the Judiciary: European initiatives and perspectives in global context” at the UN Human Rights Council.

At the event, representatives of the Council of Europe highlighted the work of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE). The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Ms Gabriela Knaul (from Brazil) reflected on the global relevance of European initiatives and institutions during her six years in the mandate.

Matt Pollard discussed the impact of Council of Europe standards and jurisprudence, both within Europe and in terms of global influence, from the perspective of civil society, as well as highlighting that standards and jurisprudence developed in other regions also present a rich source that European institutions should do more to draw on in their own work.

The interactive Panel discussion included extensive questions and comments from state delegations and civil society representatives in attendance at the event.

Panelists:

  • Mr. Georg Stawa, President of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice, Council of Europe
  • Mr. Bart van Lierop, President of the Consultative Council of European Judges
  • Mrs. Gabriela Knaul, UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
  • Mr. Matt Pollard, Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, International Commission of Jurists (moderator)

This side event was organised by the Permanent Delegation of the Council of Europe to the UN Office in Geneva, with the co-sponsorship of Australia, Botswana, Hungary, Mexico as the main sponsors of the resolution on the independence of judges and lawyers.

 

Source: 17.06.2015. http://www.icj.org/independence-of-the-judiciary-european-standards/. Republished with permission.

Matters of Principle (second, revised print 2015)

Gepubliceerd op: 19 juni 2015 in: Activiteiten, Matters of Principle, Special Rapporteur | Comments Off on Matters of Principle (second, revised print 2015)

 

Boletin Jueces para Jueces 2015-1

Gepubliceerd op: 3 juni 2015 in: Algemeen | Comments Off on Boletin Jueces para Jueces 2015-1

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Programa Interamericano de Facilitadores Judiciales

Gepubliceerd op: 2 juni 2015 in: Activiteiten, PIFJ | Comments Off on Programa Interamericano de Facilitadores Judiciales

El pasado lunes 19 de enero, el doctor Pedro Vuskovic (veáse foto),f embajador con la OAS del Programa Interamericano de Facilitadores Judiciales (PIFJ), visitó el tribunal de apelación en La Haya, a la invitación de Jueces para Jueces.

Contó sobre el PIFJ, un programa muy exitoso que – gracias en parte a la asistencia financiera de los Países Bajos – funciona en un gran número de países de Latinoamérica y que – brevemente dicho – da información jurídica y mediación a ciudadanos ffque de otra manera, por falta de dinero o por distancia física, deberían prescindir de acceso a la justicia/a un juez. La implicación de jueces locales en los países participadores en este programa es de vital importancia.

Katrien Witteman, juez penal en el tribunal de Noord-Holland, escribió sobre esto un artículo en la revista Trema, Lees verder…;

Venezuela – El caso Afiuni

Gepubliceerd op: 2 juni 2015 in: Activiteiten, Venezuela | Comments Off on Venezuela – El caso Afiuni

ee‘Nobody wants to be the next Afiuni’
“The Afiuni case has created an atmosphere of fear amongst judges, known as the ‘Afiuni effect’. Prior to the case, the IBAHRI found that Venezuelan judges were fearful of disciplinary proceedings or dismissal if they returned decisions unpopular with the executive.

As a result of the Afiuni case, in particular the multiple violations of the Covenant that have occurred throughout the process and the above-mentioned statement that her case should be considered exemplary, Venezuelan judges are now fearful of criminal proceedings and/or losing their liberty. This has caused significant damage to judicial independence in the country and as reported by the IBAHRI following its 2011 visit to Caracas, ‘Nobody wants to be the next Afiuni’.”

Mientras tanto han [pasado más de cinco años] desde que Maria Afiuni fue detenida por otorgar la libertad condicional de un detenido que era considerado un enemigo del estado por el entonces presidente Chávez. Lees verder…;

López Lone y otros contra Honduras

Gepubliceerd op: 2 juni 2015 in: Activiteiten, Honduras | Comments Off on López Lone y otros contra Honduras

ccEn [noviembre de 2010], Guillermo López Lone y Tirza Flores Lanza visitaron nuestro país. Tirza y Guillermo, magistrada en la Audiencia y juez en el tribunal de San Pedro Sula, Honduras respectivamente, pidieron atención, entre otros a Jueces para Jueces, respecto de su despido disciplinario, entonces recién acontecido. Ambos habían participado, junto con otros dos colegas, en una manifestación contra el golpe de estado en 2009, durante el que el presidente Zelaya fue depuesto. El ‘golpe’ entonces fue excusado por muchos: Zelaya habría querido presionar por lograr un referéndum inconstitucional, que debiera de hacerle posible prorrogar su mandato. La Corte Suprema de Honduras también apoyó a los golpistas. Al fin y al cabo la toma del poder fue tildada de ilegal por la comunidad internacional.

Aparte de ser juez, Guillermo fue presidente de la asociación hondureña de jueces, Asociación de Jueces por la Democracia (AJD), una función que no pudo desempeñar más a causa de su despido.

Los días 2 y 3 de febrero de este año el caso ‘López Lone y otros contra Honduras’ finalmente fue visto  ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos en la Lees verder…;

Relatora especial Gabriela Knaul y Túnez

Gepubliceerd op: 2 juni 2015 in: Activiteiten, Special Rapporteur, Tunesië | Comments Off on Relatora especial Gabriela Knaul y Túnez

La relatora especial para la independencia de jueces y abogados de la ONU, G218px-Flag_of_Tunisia.svgabriela Knaul, ha insistido con las autoridades tunecinas en que definiciones con respecto al poder judicial sean implementadas en la nueva Constitución. Se trata sobre todo de definiciones que garantizan la independencia de jueces, fiscales y abogados, como la constitución de un Consejo supremo de (poder) judicial y de un Consejo Constitucional. Las conquistas de la nueva Constitución deben hacerse realidad. Eso tiene que ocurrir de acuerdo con el calendario formulado en la Constitución, según declara la sra. Knaul después de una misión de investigación de hechos en Túnez que duró 9 días. En base a sus resultados informará al Consejo de Derechos Humanos en junio próximo. Ha pedido otra vez atención especial por la destitución de 80 jueces en 2012. 32 jueces han interpuesto recurso. Indicaba que el procedimiento según ella no está honesto y justo y pide al parlamento de ocuparse de un procedimiento judicial bueno. Habla sobre ese tema como “chilling”. Jueces para Jueces investiga las posibilidades de atender el procedimiento de esos jueces. Lees verder…;