Newsletter 20-26 December 2016
The Court of Appeal in Kraków thoroughly agreed with the CHR’s argumentation and ordered the German TV station ZDF to publish an apology to Mr Karol Tendera for using the term “Polish death camps”. The Court pointed that the term’s use in relation to the Auschwitz prisoner may suggest he was not a victim but a perpetrator.
In the opinion of the Commissioner for Human Rights, the previous apology by ZDF was inadequate. Given that the claimant was offended in public, on a commonly accessible website, an apology in the form of a letter addressed only and directly to him (via his legal representative) was insufficient [more].
The Commissioner has filed with the Constitutional Tribunal an application contesting the amendment to the Act of 2014 on the promotion of employment and on market institutions. The act introduces new effective forms of assistance to unemployed persons but at the same time allows the use of personal data without providing appropriate guarantees of its protection [more].
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
Land in Michałowice was nationalized pursuant to the Land Reform Decree of 1948. Now the courts have judged that the nationalization was illegal. The CHR lodges a cassation appeal [more].