Monday, September 14, 2015
European judges reject meeting with pro-AKP judicial 'Regime' bloc.
European judges reject meeting with pro-AKP judicial 'Regime' bloc. (FOT).
European judicial associations have rejected an invitation from the Unity of Judgment Platform, a bloc within Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors known for its strong pro-AK Party stance, on the grounds that Turkey’s judicial system is not objective.
The European Association of Judges (EAJ), European Magistrates for Democracy and Liberty (MEDEL), and European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (RECJ) have all rejected invitations to the Unity of Judgment Platform (YBP)’s general assembly meeting.
A bloc within Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the platform is backed by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and is often accused by critics of politically motivated actions in the service of Ankara’s interests.
“Everybody knows that in your country the judiciary is weak against other powers,” wrote EAJ President Christophe Regnard in his rejection letter to the YBP. “We are aware of the HSYK’s illegal appointment of judges. We frequently refer to the latest HSYK reforms that [have] greatly increased the Justice Minister’s influence on the board, and [attribute to] the executive branches many very serious violations, such as the refusal to enforce the rulings of the judiciary.”
“We hope that Turkey’s judiciary will be able to successfully resolve the serious problems it faces today,” Regnard added in the letter, which included as attachments the EAJ’s most recent documents detailing the judicial crisis in Turkey.