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Newsletter Commissioner for Human Rights - 23-30 January 2017

Newsletter 23-30 January 2017


Europe needs a new Congress of Vienna on human rights, said Adam Bodnar in Austria during the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the existence of the Ombudsman office [more].

Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online: what are the chances for it, and what chances does it offer to us? This was the main topic of the conference held at the CHR Office with the participation of representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament [video report on the conference].

The CHR: civil rights have no political colour

After the statements made in the media by Minister of the Interior and Administration Mariusz Błaszczak and Prime Minister Beata Szydło, suggesting that the Commissioner has not intervened in cases relating to representatives of right-wing groups or the broadly understood right-wing option, Adam Bodnar issued a statement. He indicated that his provision of assistance to citizens is never dependent on their political opinions [more].

The CHR has filed an application with the Constitutional Tribunal challenging the provisions of the Act of 30 November 2016 and the Act of 13 December 2016, which relate to the Tribunal. The case concerns e.g. the rights of the Tribunal’s employees [more].



The Commissioner for Human Rights joins the case of a 99-year-old woman resisting illegal pressure to move out of apartment [more].

Katowice: another day of the joint information action Do you have a problem with a loan in Swiss francs? Find out what you can do, carried out by the CHR and the Financial Ombudsman. The formula of the meetings has been changed due to the huge interest in the action [more].

Does the waste landfill in Radiowo sub-district of Warsaw pose any risk to the environment and to the lives and health of local residents? The Administrative Court of Mazowsze province has issued a ruling [more].

There is not enough sheltered housing, social housing and municipal housing for young people leaving children’s homes and similar facilities. The Commissioner intervenes [more].

The CHR interventions with regard to the bankruptcy of the bank named Spółdzielczy Bank Rzemiosła i Rolnictwa in the town of Wołomin [more].

The Ministry of the Interior and Administration replies to the Commissioner’s postulate regarding the sending of information to the 112 emergency line by way of short message service (SMS) [more].

As a result of the CHR’s intervention, a prisoner has the possibility to use specialist medical care [more].

The CHR’s doubts regarding the principles of re-sitting the matriculation examination at upper secondary schools [more].

The CHR points to the fact that prisons and pre-trial detention facilities are not adjusted to the needs of persons in wheelchairs [more].

For the first time, the National Preventive Mechanism is inspecting privately owned nursing homes at Baniocha and Ząbki [more].

Support for a mother of three children, of whom two are disabled [more].

A change of disability category from „ strongly impaired” to „moderately impaired”? The CHR has examined the matter [more].

Prisoners’ right to intimacy. Where should wash basins be placed? [more].

Paid parking zone in the town of Nysa. The hearing before the Provincial Administrative Court in Opole ended successfully [more].


The Commissioner requests Commander-in-Chief of the Police to send latest data on racist crime [more].

May a citizen take the voting card out of the polling station building? [more].

The Supreme Administrative Court has issued a ruling with regard to the claim for fee payment for firearm items kept in deposit after the death of the defendant’s father. The CHR had joined the procedure [more].

According to the CHR, elections of village community heads and village councils need to be regulated [more].

Detainee’s right to contact a lawyer. The CHR writes to the Minister of Justice and Commander-in-Chief of the Police [more].

The CHR’s application to the Minister of Justice for amending legislation on the petty offence proceeding [more].

What about the fees for documents certifying people’s right to discounts for train tickets? The CHR writes to the Minister of Infrastructure and Construction [more].

May every person attend a meeting of City Council’s Audit Committee while a private person’s complaint is being considered? The Commissioner is examining the matter [more].

The Supreme Administrative Court has issued a ruling with regard to the process of recruitment to municipal police service: an effect of the CHR’s cassation appeal [more].


The Commissioner met with representatives of the Canadian Parliament [more].

The situation of Polish students in the UK, and the need to counteract xenophobia: the Commissioner’s visit to Cambridge [more].

Representatives of the Dutch Judicial Council visited the CHR Office [more].

The CHR’s lecture at the University of Freiburg [more].

A discussion on the problems with the operation of housing associations [more].

Stakeholders are invited to cooperate with us on a project to counteract hate speech

6 February is the deadline for submitting offers for the implementation of tasks within the CHR’s Office participation in the project entitled Building a Comprehensive Criminal Justice Response to Hate Crime, carried out under an agreement concluded between the CHR Office and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) [more].



The website rpo.gov.pl contains a calendar of the upcoming meetings with the Commissioner for Human Rights and of events held under his patronage.

Information about the Commissioner’s work on cases relating to citizens’ issues is available under the “What we do” tab. An interactive map indicates cases in which the Commissioner has intervened.