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  • On the occasion of the Parental Alienation Awareness Day, we publish materials from the international conference on shared parenting which took place in Strasbourg on 22-23 November 2018

The fourth International Conference on Shared Parenting was held in Strasbourg, France, on November 22d and 23th, 2018, at Palais de l’Europe.

mem przedstawiający Temidę i tekst 5 i 6 rekomendacji KPO II

The Second Congress on Human Rights was held in Warsaw on 14-15 December 2018. It included 43 sessions, and was attended by 200 panellists and about 1500 participants from across the country, who discussed important issues regarding the protection of human rights and civil liberties in Poland.

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


Sterta dokumentów papierowych

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

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

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

Budynek publiczny, śnieg

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:

Niewyraźne sylwetki osób wchodzących do budynku

Second National Congress on Human Rights


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

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

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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

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:


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


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.

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

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

- 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.


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.


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.



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.

Wielkia grafika z napisem "Kara śmierci to nie jest sprawiedliwość" i różnymi rysunkami

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

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

„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.

Wyciągnięta ręka

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

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

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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.

Grupa ludzi w sali bibliotecznej

From 15 to 17 May, the CHR’s regional meetings in the Pomorskie voivodeship were held. The CHR visited Gdynia, Gdańsk and Malbork.

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On 28 April 1947, the large scale action of forced resettlement of Ukrainians and Lemkos, Polish citizens, from the south-eastern provinces of Poland to the north-west region of the country started. In three months, over 140,000 persons were resettled. Some of them were transported to the Central Labour Camp in Jaworzno, in which 160 persons died a result of hunger, illnesses and torture.

Rysunek głowy z żarówką na tablicy szkolnej

In Budapest, thousands of Hungarian and foreign students, professors and private individuals protested against the proposed amendment to the law on higher education.