The Constitutional Tribunal has forwarded to the Commissioner for Human Rights a copy of the judgement of 11 August on the so-called Constitutional Tribunal “improvement” act of 22 July 2016, together with the statement of reasons for the judgement and the dissenting opinions.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) join the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Network of European National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) and the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet) in a statement
The Federal Ombudsmen of Belgium: Catherine de Bruecker and Guido Herman sent a letter thanking the Commissioner for Human Rights for the expressions of solidarity following the horrible terrorist attacks which occurred in Brussels in March 2016.
Zasady i tryb ogłaszania orzeczeń Trybunału Konstytucyjnego wskazane są w Konstytucji oraz w ustawie o ogłaszaniu aktów normatywnych. A zgodnie z tą ustawą organem odpowiedzialnym jest premier, bo to on wydaje Dziennik Ustaw Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej.
‘The PiS administration eliminates or restricts the operation of institutions which fight against xenophobia and discrimination’. PiS intends to dissolve the Council for the Prevention of Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.
The Commissioner for Human Rights, dr. Adam Bondnar attended the 3rd Summit of Ombudsmen from Eastern Partnership, Western Balkans and V4 countries held in the headquarters of European Parliament in Brussels. The event was coorganised by Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland and Office of MEP, Mr Andrzej Grzyb. Ms.
Representatives of global and regional bodies concerned with rule of law and human rights have met in Warsaw with the new Polish Ombudsman, Dr. Adam Bodnar, to discuss the institutional landscape in Poland and the environment in which the Ombudsman’s Office is currently operating. These bodies were:
The Commissioner has lodged an application to the Constitutional Tribunal on the amendment to the Act on the Police. The Commissioner for Human Rights requests the examination of the conformity with the provisions governing the use of operational surveillance and intercepts, as well as the collection of telecommunications, postal and Internet data.
A veterinary surgeon, known for caring for stray animals, was punished with a fine for "the illegal running of an animal shelter and the transporting of animals". The Commissioner for Human Rights opened an own initiative investigation into this case.
The Commissioner received a response from the Ministry of Justice to its statement on the needs of children entitled to maintenance benefits and the barriers in exercising this right. The Minister informed him inter alia that the Prime Minister would set up an inter-ministerial group to elaborate complex solutions to counteract the phenomenon of not paying children maintenance in Poland.
Dr. Sylwia Spurek, the Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights, met with Wojciech Kaczmarczyk, the Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment. The meeting was held to discuss the cooperation of both institutions for a better implementation of the principle of equal treatment and strengthening civil society.
On 9 February, Dr. Adam Bodnar discussed with the delegation of the Venice Commission the changes to the law with regard to the Polish Constitutional Tribunal and their impact on the citizens’ rights and freedoms. The Commissioner emphasized that he has been involved in the matters concerning the Tribunal from the very beginning of his term of office.
On 9 February 2016, the first meeting of the Commissioner with the Children Maintenance Experts Group took place in the Office of the CHR. Its creation was initiated jointly by the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Commissioner for Children’s Rights.
On 2 February 2016, the Commissioner for Human Rights dr. Adam Bodnar took part in the High-Level Seminar on EU Fundamental Values, Immigration and Integration: A Shared Responsibility. The conference took place in Strasbourg and was organized as a part of the Netherlands’ presidency in the EU.
In a letter to the Marshal of the Senate, the Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights Krzysztof Olkowicz summarized the Commissioner’s actions in the case of Maciej Dobrowolski’s long-term detention. Mr. Dobrowolski, a sports fan accused of aiding in drugs smuggling, was held on remand for 40 months.
The Commissioner has alerted the prison services multiple times to the issues concerning the functioning of people with intellectual or mental disability in penitentiary institutions. During the last months, the Deputy Commissioner and the Office’s employees have carried out inspections in four diagnostic centres in detention institutions.
The Commissioner’s Office receives more and more letters from citizens complaining about a deterioration of their health due to the wind turbines’ influence, as well as about the wind farm locating and building procedures. During a meeting with dr. Bodnar, the residents of the Suwałki Region also expressed their concern about the safe placement of wind farms.
On 3 February, the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights organized a discussion and promotion panel on the topic of using the Istanbul Protocol in practice by services working with foreigners and the imprisoned.
The Commissioner has taken up the case of missing Ewa Tylman. Among other things, he asked the District Prosecutor in Poznań for information concerning the proceedings. He also asked for a clarification concerning the access of the aggrieved party to the case’s dossier.
The Commissioner asked the General Director of the Prison Service to provide statistical data concerning the number of people convicted for evading child support payments and the number of people convicted for other crimes and remaining under the maintenance obligation. The Commissioner also asked for information on paid employment of prisoners from those groups.
A Russian Federation citizen of Chechen nationality was supposed to be turned over to Russia to be tried in a criminal case. However, he was not allowed to participate in the adjudicating court’s session, even though he wanted to make an additional statement. The Commissioner applied for revocation of the decision.
In November last year, the Commissioner applied to the Constitutional Tribunal on the matter of placing incapacitated people in social aid institutions. In the course of current proceedings, the Prosecutor General has expressed his opinion, partially agreeing with the Commissioner’s view.
A citizen described his story to the Commissioner: during an investigation, in accordance with the provisions of the criminal procedure code, his fingerprints and a DNA sample were taken. While examining this application, the Commissioner decided that it is necessary to look closer at the regulations concerning the “suspects” and their rights.