On 15 January, the 25th Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity was held. This year, the income from the action will support life-saving and healthcare equipment at general pediatric wards, and will contribute to decent health care for seniors. The items donated for the auction included a medal commemorating the 1050 anniversary of Christianity in Poland, donated by Adam Bodnar, and a Christmas tree ball ornament hand-made by the CHR Office employees.
The Commissioner for Human Rights together with the CHR Office employees developed a ranking of problems which, in 2016, posed the greatest threats from the point of view of the respect for human rights and civil rights in our country. The Commissioner also indicated issues on which clear progress has been achieved or positive changes have been announced.
The Court of Appeal in Kraków thoroughly agreed with the CHR’s argumentation and ordered the German TV station ZDF to publish an apology to Mr Karol Tendera for using the term “Polish death camps”. The Court pointed that the term’s use in relation to the Auschwitz prisoner may suggest he was not a victim but a perpetrator.
The Commissioner has filed with the Constitutional Tribunal an application contesting the amendment to the Act of 2014 on the promotion of employment and on market institutions. The act introduces new effective forms of assistance to unemployed persons but at the same time allows the use of personal data without providing appropriate guarantees of its protection.
The Constitution guarantees to citizens access to public information, including access to documents and to sessions of collegiate bodies of public authorities elected in general elections, with the possibility of sound and video recording, reminded Adam Bodnar after the Parliament announced the limitation of journalists’ access to the Sejm. In his intervention to the Speaker of the Sejm, dated 19 December, the Commissioner indicated specific Polish constitutional standards relating to the right to information and the freedom of the media.
Today, fewer people justify their claims for a better life on the grounds of human rights. More people justify such claims in the categories which are based on emotions, anger, the feeling of insult or resentment. And those claims which indeed are based on human rights are now difficult to hear. Maybe, this is due to the fact that in most parts of the world, the main trend has changed, said the winner of the prize. That is why we need to invent new things, to look for new movements, maybe for some social movements.
- In Poland, it is no longer enough to promote good business practices. It also necessary to actively monitor whether corporations are not involved in the violation of human rights, said Adam Bodnar in his opening speech at the conference entitled Business and human rights, held at the CHR Office. During the meeting, the so-called Ethical Programme Minimum Standard was also presented [more].
In his special statement before the Senate, the CHR warned that the Bill on Assemblies currently drafted by the Parliament does not meet the standards of a democratic state and the standards of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The Commissioner pointed out, inter alia, at the doubts relating to the holding of the so-called recurring assemblies.