“A beacon, always available and always clairvoyant.” These are the words on Twitter of the League of Human Rights to pay tribute to its honorary president, Michel Tubiana, who died on Saturday, October 2 at the age of 69. The association regrets the disappearance of a “tireless activist for the defense of human rights”.
Michel Tubiana, secretary general of the LDH between 1984 and 1995, 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), can we read in a press release.
Press release | The #LDH, meeting today in the Central Committee, is deeply saddened to announce the disappearance of Michel Tubiana. Lawyer, tireless activist in the defense of human rights in France and around the world, he was one of the essential links in the #LDH. pic.twitter.com/sR5BV3WRhq
— LDH France (@LDH_Fr) October 2, 2021
In a black dress, Michel Tubiana pleaded notably as a civil party in the 1998 trial of Maurice Papon, 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 linchpin in the functioning of “disarmament” of the Basque separatist organization ETA. He also belonged to the Bake Bidea collective, which stands up for the rights of Basque prisoners. More recently, he has been the lawyer for two comrades of Clément Méric, an anti-fascist student who was killed in Paris in 2013 in a brawl with far-right skinheads.
“We are devastated, we are losing a great man who, through his intelligence, his intellectual acumen and his wit, was a true reference for the League, responded to AFP Malik Salemkour, the current president of the LDH. He was still very invested, “constantly alert to the news and he constantly urged us to be rigorous, determined with regard to the law and fundamental values”.