Newsletter 21 - 26 March 2017
On 20-22 March 2017 in Warsaw, a workshop was held for representatives of the Military Ombudsman Institutions from participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. On the first day, the discussions focused on the scope of democratic control over military services and on issues related to the security sector management. On that day the meeting was also attended by representatives of armed forces and other uniformed services. Commissioner Adam Bodnar referred to the case of Nangar Khel and pointed out the need for the Polish State to ensure specialist legal protection to professional soldiers. The CHR also discussed the problem of insufficient protection of soldiers against discrimination and mobbing, as well as issues related to the lack of legal protection of soldiers who report irregularities in the army (so-called whistle-blowers) [more].
- I hope this brief message: Don’t be divided, stay united will reach all those who already do, or want to, influence the realities around us, the policies pursued and the development and application of the law, wrote Adam Bodnar on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this day, the Commissioner also took part in the celebrations of the Persian New Year, held at the Brunet Cafe in Warsaw [more].
Pierre-Yves Le Borgn, member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe met with Deputy CHR Krzysztof Olkowicz. The main subject of the discussion was the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights [more].
Deputy CHR Sylwia Spurek visited the State Agency for Solving Alcohol-Related Problems. She inspected the work of the free-of-charge anonymous 24-hour helpline for victims of domestic violence [more about the visit and about how to seek help via the Blue Line].
In their statements regarding the problem, the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ombudsman for Children postulated the broadest possible use of electronic surveillance systems [more].