Newsletter 14 – 20 March 2017
The annual report’s part relating to Poland emphasized that last year, the Polish Parliament passed laws which may have a negative impact on the protection of human rights and the observance of the principles of democracy and the rule of law. In this context, references were made e.g. to: the parliamentary acts on the Constitutional Tribunal, the anti-terrorism act, the act on public assemblies and the act on the media. The authors of the report also relate to the issues of xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, corruption, discrimination of women in the labour market, discrimination of national minorities and of LGBTI persons. In addition, the report mentions the reduction of the budget of the Commissioner for Human Rights’ Office [more].
- It’s you who owns the Constitution and it is in your name the Commissioner for Human Rights seeks respect for human rights, said Adam Bodnar in a meeting with the inhabitants of Dębno in the Zachodniopomorskie region. The meeting was held through Skype. This was the first videoconference held within the programme of the CHR’s regional meetings. The event gathered about a dozen participants – not much fewer than attracted by traditional regional meetings. To ensure the same system as used in traditional meetings, a lawyer from the CHR’s Warsaw office arrived to Dębno to accept individual complaints and discuss problems [more].
At the conference held in the CHR Office, the National Mental Health Protection Programme was discussed. Inhabitants of Ostrowina, Wieliczka, Gniezno, Wadowice and Wąbrzeźno discussed programmes which they successfully implement in their towns. [more].
According to the Commissioner, the legislator has established a politically supported body, equipped with unusually strong powers, placed somehow above the common system and taking decisions according to its internal rules. Proceedings before this body are given special priority over proceedings before other state organs. The Committee’s work is, however, going to duplicate the work of already existing institutions. Therefore, it will not streamline the consideration of cases. Moreover, it will contribute to instability of judicial work and to chaos in the competences, which will result in even more lengthy proceedings [more].
· The project Support Network Innovation Generator
· The conference An overview of legal aspects of multiculturalism in a society
· The competition for the best essay on human rights: Three main human rights – justify your choice
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.