Newsletter Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland 16 - 22 May 2017

Newsletter  16 -22 May 2017


„Death at a police station” – a shocking case of torture

On 20 May 2017, a documentary was shown about the death of 25-year-old Igor Stachowiak who died at a police station in Stare Miasto district of Wrocław. The whole proceeding on the case was monitored by the Commissioner for Human Rights [more]. The victim was shot with an electric stun gun several times, even when his hands were in handcuffs. – This was an obvious case of torture, said Adam Bodnar in an interview for Super Express daily newspaper [more].

A month before the CHR issued a special report on torture and methods of preventing it at the police [more].

Regional meetings in the Pomorskie voivodeship

From 15 to 17 May, the CHR’s regional meetings in the Pomorskie voivodeship were held. The CHR visited Gdynia, Gdańsk and Malbork.

Modern forms of support to persons with disabilities were the subject of a meeting held at the foundation Wspólnota Burego Misia in Kościerzyna [more]. We also visited the Pokolenia foundation in Tczew [more]. Topics relating to the regional Kashubian identity were discussed in a meeting of the association named Zrzeszenie Kaszubsko-Pomorskie in Gdańsk [more]. The problem of conflicts between divorcing parents was the subject of a meeting with the Pelikan Families’ Association in Gdańsk [more].

The CHR also visited residents of the hearing impaired youth Correctional Centre no. 2 in Wejherowo [more].

Adam Bodnar met with students of the General Secondary School no. 2 in Gdynia [more] and of the Marian Osiński Building Construction Vocational Schools in Gdańsk [more]. He also visited Pozytywna Szkoła Podstawowa primary school in Gdańsk, whose problems were presented to him in one of his regional meetings [more]. The CHR saw the exceptional library in Rumia [more].

The Commissioner also took part in the national meeting of organisations working in rural areas, held in Maróz [more], where he spoke with forty representatives of non-governmental organisations [more].

On 25 May, the CHR will hold regional meetings in Płock and Ciechanów.

Domestic violence is not funny. The CHR’s response to the statements of Tomasz Adamek, a boxer, in a TVN television station’s show [more].

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

In the 21st century, it is impossible to be proud of not prosecuting anyone because of sexual orientation; this is not allowable at all, said the Commissioner for Human Rights on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

This way, in a programme aired on radio, Adam Bodnar referred to the words of Prof. Lech Morawski who, in a recent debate in Oxford, spoke about the situation of the Constitutional Tribunal in Poland [more].


The CHR on the draft regulation of the Ministry of Education, providing for discontinuation, in educational institutions, of the individual education system for children with disabilities [more].

The case of Ms Stefania who was threatened with eviction. The Court of Appeal took into account the CHR’s arguments [more].

The CHR on income tax on real property sold by widows and widowers: a positive ruling of the seven-judge panel of the Supreme Administrative Court [more].

“Local policy on senior persons as a guarantee of exercising the rights of the elderly: from good practices to systemic solutions”a conference in Piła [more].

What about the EU subsidies for farmers? The Commissioner’s inquiry to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development [more].

The Commissioner asks the Minister of Health about the operation of the procreation health care programme [more].

The CHR: the merger of the Agricultural Market Agency and the Agricultural Property Agency may breach employee rights [more].

The conference Counteracting homelessness: solidarity in action in Gdańsk. A speech by Adam Bodnar [more].

The Commissioner on valorisation of retirement pensions [more].


The prosecutor's office cannot determine what happened about the proceedings referred to by Minister Mariusz Kamiński in the Sejm [more].

Amendment to the Code of Administrative Procedure: an information brochure [more].

How to interpret the term “monthly income” with reference to annual fees for perpetual usufruct? The CHR writes to the Minister of Infrastructure and Construction [more].

Sobriety tests and intoxication tests for persons seeking a permit to enter a penitentiary institution: a reply of the Minister of Justice [more].

What about the procedure of entry to municipal registers of historic buildings? [more].

Lack of access to a lawyer at a police detention centre did not irreversibly affect the accuracy of the criminal proceeding: a judgement of the European Court of Human Rights [more].


The Commissioner at the Congress of Polish Lawyers [more].

Deputy CHR inspected the work of the Municipal Centre for Addiction Prevention in Kraków [more].

Representatives of the Slovakian Council of the Judiciary visited the CHR Office [more].

Stanisław Trociuk at the VI Congress of Scientific Groups of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań [more].

Krzysztof Olkowicz at the conference on the work of sobering centres [more]