On 9th September 2020, the 5-years term of the current Polish Ombudsman (Commissioner for Human Rights) Adam Bodnar, ended. The Parliament did not select a new person for this position yet. Thus, following the Article 3.6 of the Law on the Commissioner, Professor Bodnar stays in the office until the appointment of the new Commissioner for Human Rights.
Adam Bodnar, the outgoing Human Rights Commissioner was one of the guests of the Verfassungsblog - a journalistic and academic forum of debate on topical events and developments in constitutional law and politics in Germany, the emerging common European constitutional space and beyond. He took part in a discussion about disciplinary proceedings for judges.
Following an invitation from the authorities of Poland, and in accordance with its mandate, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) deployed a Special Election Assessment Mission (SEAM) on 15 June.
As the Cominissioner for Human Rights, it was with major distress and concern that I observed last night’s events (7th August 2020) against the persons protesting against remand detention of an activist from the “Stop bzdurom” collective.
As Commissioner for Human Rights who safeguards human and civil rights and who holds the role of an independent equality body I am truly concerned about the declarations of representatives of the Council of Ministers and about their actions regarding the withdrawal from the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (so-called I
On Monday, 6 July 2020, a hearing at the Court of Justice in Luxembourg took place before the Grand Chamber concerning the process of appointment of judges of the Supreme Court (Case C-824/18 A.B. and others).
In view of the subsequent statements that are made in the present election campaign and the related public debate, and that are targeted at LGBT persons (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender persons), I call on everyone to refrain from such speech of exclusion and contempt. The border of freedom of speech, that must not be crossed, is the dignity of another human being.
The Commissioner for Human Rights has asked the Prime Minister to clarify the inaccurate information in some of the statements made by the government regarding the actions taken by the European Union to combat the coronavirus epidemic and its consequences.
The Commissioner received a request to undertake the case of Mr Andrzej, a crew member of the Polish ship MS "Joseph Conrad". The ship was bombed during the attack of the American Air Force on the Haifong harbour in Vietnam in December 1972.
When I meet with people from all over Poland, I can see no severe opposition against damaging the judiciary system. The area is a complex one, and judges are a kind of “elite” with which not many people identify. Moreover, why all this alarm? After all, nothing is really happening. These are the common opinions. My role is thus to explain that the truth is completely different.
In connection with the passing by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, on 20 December 2019, of the Act amending the Law on the System of Ordinary Courts, the Act on the Supreme Court and certain other acts, and the submission thereof to the Senate of the Republic of Poland, the Commissioner for Human Rights sent the Speaker of the Senate of Republic of Poland comments regarding the Act, requeste
I am concerned that the whole political and media discourse is currently swamped with personal attacks, “news of the day” coming from political parties, scandals, mutual allegations, everyday ping-pong between several political groups. Such ping-pong rarely leads to anything good as far as the shaping of our future is concerned.
The workshop organized at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights focused on the rights of older persons, namely on the right to lifelong learning and capacity building of social protection for older persons. It was already the third joint workshop on the human rights of older persons co-organized by the Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland and German Institute for Human Rights.
Notice of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights (CHR) on the opinion of CJEU Advocate General E. Tanchev regarding joined cases: C-558/18 (Miasto Łowicz) and C-563/18 (Prokuratura Okręgowa w Płocku)
The Commissioner for Human Rights issued ovservations concerning measures aimed at the implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination in the years 2014-2019.
Number of international organisations and networks, namely ENNHRI, Equinet, GANHRI, IOI and OHCHR Europe, issued a statement in which they openly supported the Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland Adam Bodnar who is facing a strong criticism including the hateful campaign against him and hate speech for publicly protecting the rig
The National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (NMPT) expresses its deep concern about the manner in which the police apprehended and treated the man suspected of committing the murder of a 10-year-old girl from the village of Mrowiny (Dolnośląskie province).
International and regional actors met with the office of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr Adam Bodnar, on Monday, 25 March in Warsaw, expressing their solidarity and support in light of the recent civil action brought against the Commissioner by a public television station.