July 4, 2022

Lawyer Michel Tubiana is dead, announces Human Rights League

Lawyer Michel Tubiana, honorary president of the Human Rights League (LDH), died Saturday, October 2, at the age of 68, announced the association, which deplores the disappearance of this “Tireless activist in the defense of human rights in France and in the world”.

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. The LDH says ” in mourning “.

“We are devastated, we are losing a great man”

In a black dress, Michel Tubiana notably pleaded as a civil party in 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 “Peacemakers”, members of civil society and linchpins of the operation of “Disarmament” of the Basque separatist organization ETA, and he belonged to the Bake Bidea collective, 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 fight with skinheads in Paris in 2013.

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

For the first secretary of the PS, Olivier Faure, “A great voice has just died down. The best tribute we can pay him is to prolong his fight for human rights ”. The number one of Europe Ecology-The Greens, Julien Bayou, greeted on Twitter the “Tireless fight” by Michel Tubiana.

For the Communist Fabien Roussel, the lawyer was “An ardent defender of our freedoms and human dignity”. Alexis Corbière, from La France insoumise, sent his condolences to the family, to those close to Michel Tubiana, but also to all “Leaguers”.

The LDH will pay him a public tribute in the coming weeks. “We send our deepest condolences to his children, Emma and Lucas, as well as to all his family and friends”, the statement continued.

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