Het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie had ernstige twijfels bij de onafhankelijkheid en onpartijdigheid van de Disciplinaire Kamer van het Poolse Hooggerechtshof, maar liet het eindoordeel daarover aan het Poolse Hooggerechtshof zelf. Op 5 december heeft dat Hof uitgesproken dat de Kamer geen geldig gerecht is onder Europees en Pools recht.
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Today ten years ago Venezuelan judge Maria Afiuni was arrested and detained on allegations of taking bribes for granting conditional release. Despite international condemnation, her prison sentence was upheld on appeal this fall. On this sad occasion, Judges for Judges calls attention to her case. Continue reading Ten years ago today: detention of Venezuelan judge Maria Afiuni
The European Commission has sent a letter to the Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey, regarding the conviction of judge Murat Arslan and the general situation in Turkey. Judges for Judges cites and posts this response on its website.
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The Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey, representing the major associations of European judges, expresses grave concerns after the conviction of judge Murat Arslan was upheld in appeal. The official protest note is published online and was sent to numerous international institutions.
Continue reading Protest note on Murat Arslan’s conviction in appeal
Judges for Judges and three other European Associations of Judges together form the Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey. This partnership has published a letter with an appeal to the respect of basic human rights of detained judges and prosecutors. It gives special attention to the dramatic case of judge Sultani Temel, who has been imprisoned with her five-year-old daughter for years now.
Continue reading Call to respect human rights of detained judges and prosecutors in Turkey
Six Polish judges were summoned in disciplinary proceedings recently. They all refuse to appear, because this new development is part of a highly controversial and duly contested legal system. Judges for Judges hereby shares their individual statements, as published by the Association of Polish Judges Iustitia.
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Several Polish judges refuse to work alongside colleagues who are involved with the smear campaign against certain members of the judiciary. The Polish Judges Association ‘Iustitia’ provides an update on this current situation. Judges for Judges hereby shares that message.
Continue reading Update from Polish Judges Association ‘Iustitia’
The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović issued a Comment on 3 September 2019, titled ‘The independence of judges and the judiciary under threat’. Judges for Judges warmly endorses her call to “be stronger, more resolute and more vocal in defending the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary”.
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Continue reading Human Rights Commissioner calls for stronger defense of judicial independence
For the third time in five years, a survey was conducted among 11,335 judges from 25 countries in Europe. Judges for Judges highlights the main findings in the extensive report.
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Continue reading Thousands of European judges appraise their independence
Onze ‘correspondent’ Paul Meijknecht volgt de rechtsstatelijke ontwikkelingen in Polen. Het Poolse dagblad Gazeta Wyborcza heeft in de maand juni diverse artikelen gepubliceerd over de rechtspraak in Polen. Bij Rechters voor Rechters doet Paul verslag van deze berichtgeving.
Continue reading Ondertussen in Polen (2/2)