Newsletter 21-27 February 2017
Over 95% of young people come across hate speech on the Internet. Poles more and more often hear anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic statements on television, and they tolerate hate speech relating to gays and lesbians. A comprehensive study conducted by scientists from the University of Warsaw’s Centre for Research on Prejudice describes changes in hate speech in Poland since 2014. The report, which was developed in cooperation with the Batory Foundation, was presented on 27 February at the CHR Office [more, and press conference video]. On the following day, the CHR organized a meeting for politicians and representatives of the Muslim community in Poland (the meeting was attended by delegates of most parties represented in the Polish Parliament and in the European Parliament) [meeting report].
The government has adopted a bill according to which e.g. ellaOne tablets (a form of so-called emergency contraception) will be available on prescription only.
- Without undermining the legal grounds for the change, I would like to draw your attention to the consequences of limiting access to such contraception. We should take into account the quality of sex education in Poland and problems with access to gynaecologists, said Adam Bodnar in his letter to the Minister of Health [more].
The CHR presented his comments on the draft amendment to the Act on granting protection to foreigners in the territory of Poland. Given that the introduced changes are justified by the situation on the Polish eastern border, the CHR related to the situation in his opinion [more].
From 21 to 23 February, Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar held meetings with residents from the Opolskie voivodeship. He visited: Brzeg, Nysa, Krapkowice, Kędzierzyn-Koźle and Opole. Many of the discussed issues related to the work of courts and to conflicts caused by local authorities’ decisions which were not sufficiently consulted with local communities. The rights and dignity of senior persons were discussed with senior local citizens’ councils in Prudnik, Głubczyce and Głuchołazy [more]. Adam Bodnar also met with Archbishop Alfons Nossol [more].
Already after returning to Warsaw, the CHR contacted Attorney General and the head of the Internal Security Agency about the toxic waste landfill of which he was informed in the meeting in Brzeg [more].
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