Death of Michel Tubiana, lawyer and honorary president of the Human Rights League

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Sad news for the judiciary. The lawyer Michel Tubiana, honorary president of the League of Human Rights (LDH), died this Saturday at the age of 69, announced the association, which deplores the disappearance of an “activist tireless defender of human rights.

Secretary General of the LDH between 1984 and 1995, Michel Tubiana succeeded Henri Leclerc as president of the association between 2000 and 2005, before becoming honorary president. He was also honorary president of EuroMed Rights and former vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the association said in a statement.

“Lawyer, tireless activist for the defense of human rights in France and around the world, he was one of the essential links of the LDH, a beacon, always available and always far-sighted”, writes the LDH, which addresses its “more sincere condolences to his children”, “relatives and friends”.

“Permanently alert” on fundamental rights

In a black dress, Michel Tubiana notably pleaded as a civil party to the trial of Maurice Papon in 1998, or even defended the co-founder of the far-left armed group Direct Action, Jean-Marc Rouillan.

He was one of the “craftsmen of peace”, members of civil society and linchpins of the “disarmament” operation of the Basque separatist organization ETA, and he belonged to the collective “Bake Bidea”, which campaigns for the rights of Basque prisoners. More recently, he was the lawyer for two comrades of Clément Méric, an anti-fascist student killed in a brawl with skinheads in Paris in 2013.

“We are devastated, we are losing a great man who, by his intelligence, his intellectual acuity and his vivacity of mind, was truly a reference for the League”, reacted to AFP Malik Salemkour, current president of the LDH . “He was still very invested”, “permanently alert to current events and he constantly encouraged us to be rigorous, firm, with regard to the law and fundamental values”, he added.

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