France and Germany have presented a joint call asking for formal hearings under Article 7 in the Council, to take place in June after the elections, on the serious threats to fundamental values in Hungary and Poland.
Judges must speak out if judicial independence and the Rule of Law are threatened.
Spain continues to face serious shortcomings in judicial independence, a fundamental part of a democratic society and crucial for public confidence in its institutions.
As a result of a new Polish law pushed through by the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), the Parliament will nominate the members of the KRS, the independent body responsible for the nomination of judges. At...
In a letter to the Speaker of the Polish Sejm, Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks expressed his deep concern over the amendments to the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland.
The Polish Parliament should reject legal amendments that would "encroach upon the independence of the judiciary," Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks wrote in a letter addressed to the...
A report by judges and prosecutors, prepared at the request of the Council of Europe, highlights a number of potential threats to judicial independence in Spain.
"Paralyzing the work of the Constitutional Tribunal poses a threat to the rule of law, democracy and protection of human rights,” said the Council of Europe's advisory body.
The Tribunal found the amendment to the Constitutional Tribunal Act, adopted by the Parliament in December, to be entirely unconstitutional.
Several Spanish organizations have sent a report to the UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers to voice concern for judicial independence in the country.