The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) calls for immediate reinstatement of forcibly retired Supreme Court justices
“The forced retirement of a third of the Supreme Court under the new law on the
judiciary amounts to an arbitrary dismissal of judges” said Róisín Pillay, Director
of the ICJ, “It is a flagrant breach of a basictenet of the independence of the judiciary, the security of tenure of judges.”
The ICJ considers that the implementation of the new law on the Supreme Court
and the dismissal of the 27 Supreme Court Justices directly contravenes the
security of tenure of judges and, hence, the principle of judicial independence, as
expressed in the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary,
Council of Europe standards, the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisprudence
and the rule of law principle of the EU Treaties.
Ful text of the statement below.