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Logo Amnesty International na żółtym tle
2019-02-14

Amnesty Intertnational issued a statement regarding TVP's legal actions against Adam Bodnar:

POLAND: OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER MUST BE ABLE TO OPERATE WITHOUT UNDUE INTERFERENCE

Sterta dokumentów papierowych
2019-02-13

On 11 February 2019, the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights received a written notice of a lawsuit filed by Telewizja Polska S.A. against Adam Bodnar as a private individual.

Stare miasto nad wodą
2019-02-08

Dr. Adam Bodnar delivered a lecture on various developments in Poland’s constitutional situation, and their potential implications for the country's relation with the European Union. The lecture was a part of the seminar organized by Sieps – Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies.

Marian Turski at UN General Assembly
2019-01-28

The theme of the Holocaust remembrance and education activities this year is “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights”.

Budynek publiczny, śnieg
2019-01-25

From 8 to 10 January, Adam Bodnar held CHR regional meetings with residents of the towns of Jarosław, Lubaczów, Biłgoraj, Świdnik and Lublin.

What did people ask about? How not to limit one’s activities to one’s home only:

Mężczyzna mówi do mikrofonu
2018-11-20
  • From 19 until 21 September 2018, a delegation of the LIBE Committee visited Warsaw to examine the rule of law situation in Poland. In follow-up to that mission, LIBE Coordinators decided to hold a public hearing with external experts and stakeholders during the LIBE Committee meeting of 20 November 2018 in Brussels.

Niewyraźne sylwetki osób wchodzących do budynku
2018-11-15

Second National Congress on Human Rights

PROGRAMME

Date: 14-15 December 2018 (with pre-event on 13 Dec 2018)

Venue: Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN in Warsaw

Polska flaga
2018-11-02

The CHR wrote a letter to the chairman of the National Electoral Commission in support of citizens who could not vote on 21 October. He noted that local offices were not prepared for such a large number of incoming online applications for entry in the electoral registers, and this undermined the confidence in the state governed by law.

Ludzie przy stole w nowoczesnym wnętrzu
2018-09-18

On 17-18 September, 2018 the Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland was hosting the annual meeting of Ombudspersons of the Visegrad Countries (V4). The meeting, held in Gdańsk, was attended by:

2018-07-05

As former Commissioners for Human Rights we express our opposition to the instrumental treatment of human rights in the national political struggle.

2018-07-04

The Supreme Court is usually invisible to citizens. On daily basis, an average citizen underestimates the Supreme Court’s important role in the development of the legislative system. Yet, let us look at the Supreme Court’s recent resolution (of 20 June 2018) concerning mortgage loans denominated in Swiss francs.

Demonstrujące ludzie
2018-06-06
  • Usunięcie z polskiego prawa przepisów o zgromadzeniach cyklicznych jest konieczne, bo radykalnie ograniczają one konstytucyjną wolność zgromadzeń - uważa Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich 

  • To opinia Rzecznika do zgłoszonego przez senatorów PO projektu nowelizacji Prawa o zgromadzeniach

  • Przywraca on przepisy sprzed grudnia 2016 r., kiedy wprowadzono zgromadzenia cykliczne, którym dano pierwszeństwo przed innymi oraz uniemożliwiono kontrmanifestacje

Dron z kamerą
2018-05-02

The Commissioner withdrew from the Constitutional Tribunal his motion regarding the Act of 10 June 2017 on Counter-Terrorism Measures. As the reason, he indicated the change of the formerly determined composition of the Constitutional Tribunal’s adjudicating panel and the fact that the current panel includes three persons not entitled to adjudicate in the Tribunal.

Protesters take part in a demonstration in front of the Polish Supreme Court in July 2017 | Janek Skarzynski/AFP via Getty Images
2018-04-12

Here in Poland, we are headed into a period of darkness when it comes to legal guarantees, the role of the constitution and the sanctity of EU treaties. Hope is slowly vanishing. We can only hope that — being deprived of institutional guarantees of independence — individual judges will be strong enough to safeguard their own independence in their judicial decision-making.

Ludzie witają się przed budynkiem
2018-04-09

- Without independent courts, there can be no appropriate protection of civil rights and freedoms in Poland, said CHR Adam Bodnar after his meeting with Frans Timmermans.

2018-03-07

The Commissioner for Human Rights and German Institute for Human Rights organized the joint workshop on protection of human rights of older persons which will take place on 7th March, in the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Warsaw.

2018-02-28

Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights Hanna Machińska sent a letter of condolence on death od investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his partner to the Ombudsman of Slovakia.

Ján Kuciak was an investigative journalist writing about tax frauds on Aktuality websit. He was murdered, and it may have something to do with journalist's investigative activities.

 

2017-12-04

The Congress, organized by the Commissioner for Human Rights to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the institution of independent ombudsman in Poland, was held on 8-9 December in Warsaw. It consisted of 36 panels on key topics relating to human rights.

Komisja sejmowa, posłowie podnoszą rękę w głosowaniu
2017-10-24

The Parliamentary Committee on Justice issued a negative opinion on the CHR’s draft budget for 2018. The ruling coalition MPs attacked the CHR for being focused “on pathological groups" .

Deszcz, człowiek pod parasolem siedzi blisko stromego brzegu morza
2017-10-18

The Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that the regulations which allow so-called eviction to the street of persons living in uniformed service members’ apartments are inconsistent with the Constitution. The ruling is the CHR’s major success in the fight for strengthening the protection of the rights of tenants.

Wielkia grafika z napisem "Kara śmierci to nie jest sprawiedliwość" i różnymi rysunkami
2017-10-09

Societies and states, granting themselves the right to sentence people to death, undermine the foundation of human rights: the inalienable dignity of the individual.

Cztery osobby pozują do zdjęcia na schodach przed budynkiem
2017-09-06 to 2017-09-08

In the Czech city of Brno, an annual V4 meeting was held of ombudspersons from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. In the adopted declaration "Human Rights for Everyone", the Visegrad Group ombudspersons emphasized their common goals and values, as well as the significance of the institution of ombudsman maintaining independence of the authorities.

grafika: pośród rysunków drzew, ręki trzymającej wagę, oka, drukarki, nożyczek, koperty, komputera, flagi Finlandii, lupy, znajdują się fragmenty zdań wypowiedzianych przed Adama Bodnara i Jarosława Gwizdaka podczas rozmowy na Przystanku Woodstock
2017-08-04

The situation with the Supreme Court is a bit as if here, at the Przystanek Woodstock, Jurek Owsiak tried to determine what should be happening at the festival, said Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar while speaking with judge Jarosław Gwizdak during the “Academy of Truly Fine Arts” at the 23rd edition of the Przystanek Woodstock festival held in Kostrzyń nad Odrą.

zdjęcie: mężczyzna w jasnym garniturze stoi przy mónicy, za nim widać polską i europejską flagę
2017-07-24

„I believe that the recently generated great energy of the citizens may also be used to control staffing decisions in the judiciary sector at every level: the appointments of judges, court presidents, heads of court departments, spokespersons, etc. What should be ensured is the transparency of procedures, assessment of qualifications of candidates, explanations of unclear decision.

Zdjęcie portyretowe mężczyzny
2017-07-20

Adam Bodnar was present throughout the parliamentary sessions devoted to the work on the bills on courts. He tried to explain the objections and indicated the threats to the rights of ordinary people, caused by the reform which was proceeded hastily, without consultations, and which covered three bills: on Common Courts, on the National Council of the Judiciary and on the Supreme Court.

2017-07-14

The Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society, appointed in 2016, was expected to draw up a National Programme for Civil Society Development Support, to provide a basis for further works, including institutional solutions. However, the Programme was not drawn up, and the government submitted a proposal of establishing a new institution, the National Freedom Institute.

zdjęcie: kobieta w ciemnych włosach mówi do mikrofonu
2017-07-07

The 8th Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing took place on 5-7 July in UN Headquaters in New York City. That was the first time when National Human Rights Institution were granted the right to speak during UN meetings.

Wyciągnięta ręka
2017-07-06

The system of free legal aid, introduced in early 2016, already requires changes. It turned out that in practice, the aid was used only by a low number of people. Often, persons in need of such aid were not eligible for it as they did not meet the criteria set out in the relevant Act of Parliament.

Grafika: budynek i ludzie
2017-06-29

Contrary to what one might expect, the adoption of the three Acts of Parliament relati