U.S. Department of State produced a report on human hights practices in Poland. In the report we can read that the Polish parliament passed a public assembly law, a counterterrorism law, a surveillance law, media laws, and laws related to the Constitutional Tribunal which local and international nongovernmental organizations indicated may have a negative impact on human rights protection and the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
Assistance to homeless Poles living abroad, the operation of the system of free-of-charge legal advice provision, and issues relating to language used by public authorities and its impact on communication with the society were the issues discussed by Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar in his meeting with President Andrzej Duda on 7 March 2017.
Commissioner for Human Rights attended Homo Homini Award ceremony in Prague. The award is granted annually to personalities who have greatly contributed to the promotion of human rights and democracy and nonviolent solutions to political conflicts since the year 1994. This year the award was granted to the Russian non-governmental organization Committee for the Prevention of Torture.
Dr. Adam Bodnar's speech at the Homo Homini Award ceremony in Prague:
The Commissioner for Human Rights received a letter from the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Bulgaria concerning the attack on human rights defender Krassimir Kanev. She expressed her support for the activities of Mr. Kanev, and opposed to any form of aggression against the rights of individuals.
"A judge and the Constitution: the crisis in the Constitutional Tribunal’s work, and distributed control of the law’s consistence with the Constitution” was the title of the conference, held on 3 March in Katowice. The event was attended by deputy CHR Stanisław Trociuk.
„Protection of human rights in times of constitutional crisis in Poland” is the title of the lecture delivered by dr. Adam Bodnar at the Albert Ludwik University in Freiburg. The meeting was organised by Arbeitkreis Kritischer Juristen und Juristinnen Freiburg - student's association of the Law Faculty in Freiburg.
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.