Newsletter 14-19 December 2016
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 [more]. 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 [more]. The CHR’s recent statements for the media can be found at: https://www.rpo.gov.pl/pl/content/rpo-w-mediach
Starting from January 2017, the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Financial Ombudsman shall carry out a joint information action in nine Polish cities: Bydgoszcz, Częstochowa, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kielce, Lublin, Słupsk, Szczecin and Wrocław. The first meeting will be held in Wrocław on 13 January. Residents of Warsaw can seek information directly from the Financial Ombudsman. Details and dates of individual meetings are available at rpo.gov.pl
- Today, we want to consider how to best use the positive local examples of solving problems of persons affected by homelessness. The idea is not only to develop assistance procedures, but also to ensure they are available everywhere, not only in selected locations. Polish cities have a large potential in this area, as confirmed by your actions. This potential needs to be appropriately used. Also, good cooperation should be ensured, for example between local governments and non-governmental organizations, said Adam Bodnar in his opening speech at the meeting of the Expert Committee for Homelessness Prevention [more].
Human rights and the fight against hate speech were the topics discussed by Adam Bodnar with pupils from the Varsovia Non-Public Primary School no. 49 in Warsaw and the J. Gardecki Primary School in Warsaw.
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.