Newsletter 9-16 January 2018
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The Commissioner for Human Rights proposed to the government to broaden the catalogue of types of expenditure for which money from the apartment saving scheme may be used. The press conference at which Adam Bodnar presented the postulate was attended by representatives of the Association of the apartment saving scheme members from Kraków, Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Łódź and Chorzów.
Mobbing and harassment in uniformed services are problems that receive increasing attention of the media. In cooperation with the heads of all uniformed services, the Commissioner has prepared a publication containing regulations, guidelines, good practices and source materials that may be of assistance in the development of effective anti-discrimination policies. [The CHR’s publication: Counteracting mobbing and discrimination in uniformed services: analysis and recommendations].
The National Broadcasting Council imposed a cash penalty of PLN 1.5 million on the TVN24 station for misrepresentation in of the protests in front of the Sejm building on 16 December, 2016. The station disagreed with the decision and claimed that it was based on erroneous premises. The CHR reminded that the Chairman of the National Broadcasting Council had legal grounds to independently annul the Council’s decision. Finally, the decision was annulled [more].
In 2016, the media reported that nearly 30,000 Warsaw residents will have to pay tax on rent-related debts remitted by the city authorities. The issue concerned unpaid rents for municipal flats. Starting from 1 January 2018, a relevant parliamentary act does not require any tax on remitted rent-related debts [more].
The situation in such facilities is constantly monitored by the Commissioner for Human Rights. Experts of the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture cooperated and shared knowledge with the Supreme Audit Office in the development of its report on the issue, in order to have the problem described as precisely as possible [more].
The issue related to the case of a person’s groundless placement in such a facility. Answer was sought to the question whether in such a case it is necessary to relate to commonly binding civil law regulations on the state authorities’ liability for groundless acts, and to prove that the young person in question suffered damage, or whether, per analogiam, the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure should be referred to, concerning, for example, compensation for ungrounded temporary detention [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.