Sebastian Kaleta, former press spokesman for the Ministry of Justice and currently a member of the Verification Commission for Property Restitution, posted the formulation on Twitter that the Constitution permits “plowing up” of the courts. These words have inspired me to explain to citizens what this “plowing up” will consist of.
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. Anna Chabiera from the Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights spoke on results of research focused on direct and indirect discrimination on the ground of age taking place in Poland.
The Commissioner is examining the case of a foreigner who was refused entry to Poland. With regard to the person, the European Court of Human Rights recommended the application by Poland of interim measures consisting in temporary resignation from repatriating the foreigner to the country from which he had attempted to enter Poland, i.e. Belarus. Despite the interim measures recommended by the Court, the Border Guard refused entry to Poland to the foreigner two times.
These were the 12th and the 13th meetings, held as part of the meetings action organized by the CHR across the country. The meetings are held in the cities where CHR’s representative offices or CHR’s citizen advice offices are located. The meetings aim to empower bank customers by indicating legal tools which they can use in their disputes and negotiations with banks (without waiting for the authorities to decide on introducing statutory solutions.
The adoption of the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary, and the fact that politicians rather than judges themselves will decide about the nominations to the Council, will damage the spine of the Polish judicial system as well as our traditional system of state, said Commissioner Adam Bodnar during the 43rd session of the Sejm. Members of Parliament discussed the report of the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding the government’s draft amendments to the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary and certain other acts.
The tone of many public statements in our country has reached the level of political and cultural war. Some words and expressions are used which violate human dignity and divide citizens into different categories. (...) I would prefer people who express their views in public to start with confirming that "all people are born free and equal" and that all Poles (and voters) have the same rights, regardless of their political views, religion or social status, appealed Adam Bodnar to politicians, asking for more restraint in public statements.
The Polish society is aging rapidly: in 2015, people aged 65 and over constituted 15.6% of the country’s total population, and those aged 85 and over constituted 1.8%. By 2035, the figures will be 23.2% and 3.1%, respectively. The demographic changes require addressing the challenges of ensuring to older persons the right to a decent life, equal treatment and social inclusion. According to Poland’s Central Statistical Office, in 2014 one third of persons aged 65+ had problems with everyday activities. 45% of those persons had no one to turn to and ask for help.
On 20 May 2017, a documentary was shown about the death of 25-year-old Igor Stachowiak who died at a police station in Stare Miasto district of Wrocław. The whole proceeding on the case was monitored by the Commissioner for Human Rights. The victim was shot with an electric stun gun several times, even when his hands were in handcuffs. – This was an obvious case of torture, said Adam Bodnar in an interview for Super Express daily newspaper [more].