January 11, 2020. One Thousand Robes March. Thousands of lawyers and citizens marched the streets of Warsaw, demanding the right to independence, the right to Europe.
The government in Poland has changed, but has the 1000 Robes March stopped?
The Polish judiciary needs reforms. It requires the restoration of the National Council of the Judiciary to its constitutional role. It requires that the system of judicial appointments be put in order so that every citizen has the right to an independent tribunal established on the basis of a law, in accordance with the Polish Constitution, the Treaty on European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Every day we see attempts to diminish and limit the independence of the judiciary under the pretext of democratic representation. One example is Tunisia, where the High Council of the Judiciary was dissolved by a presidential decision and about 50 judges were dismissed authoritatively. We have also witnessed a constitutional crisis in Israel, where protests have gathered hundreds of thousands of participants. In Guatemala, judges are prosecuted and imprisoned for being independent and applying the law independently.
The idea of the 1000 Robes March resonates all over the world wherever the independence of judges is threatened. The courts are the only protection of citizens against state repression.
That is why today, on the anniversary of the 1000 Robes March, we ask everyone who holds democratic values dear to support the request of the International Association of Judges to the United Nations to establish January 11 as the International Day of Judicial Independence – the 1000 Robes March.
We invite you to support the petition using this link. Thank you!