Newsletter 21-27 November 2017
The proposed thorough changes in the electoral administration raise my serious concern. I consider them not only unjustified, but also dangerous for fair and reliable holding of elections and referenda, as well as the protection of citizens’ electoral rights, wrote CHR Adam Bodnar in his opinion statement on the proposed amendments to the electoral law, addressed to the Speaker of the Sejm. The Commissioner pointed out, among others, that the amendments lead to politicization of the National Electoral Commission. This, in turn, may cause a real threat to the professionalism, impartiality and non-political nature of lower-level electoral authorities and administrations, and may limit the principle of general nature of elections, e.g. by removing voting facilitations for seniors and persons with disabilities [CHR’s detailed opinion, and a video with Jarosław Zbieranek, PhD, CHR Office representative, speaking about potential risks related to the proposed amendments].
Please allow us to express our respect and gratitude for your decision to donate your financial award to the Centre for Women's Rights which provides care to victims of violence, wrote Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar and Deputy CHR Sylwia Spurek in a letter to Kacper Kuszewski, an actor who won 100 thousand zł in the TV show Your Face Sounds Familiar. On 22 November, Sylwia Spurek met with the actor to discuss the campaign 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women [more].
The action’s symbol is men wearing a white ribbon as a declaration they would never act violently towards women and would not accept such violence or remain silent about it. Adam Bodnar wrote about this symbol of solidarity with women in his commentary for Wirtualna Polska.
One of the elements of the action is wearing white ribbon by men. In this way, they declare that they themselves will not be the perpetrators of violence, but also will not accept or be silent about violence against women. The spokesman Adam Bodnar wrote about this gesture of solidarity with women in the commentary for Wirtualna Polska [more]. The campaign lasted until December 10 [more].
In connection with the publication of the results of the poll entitled Trusted politicians: November 2017, Adam Bodnar wrote a letter to CBOS Foundation director Mirosława Grabowska. He stated he was surprised to find his name among the names of persons professionally engaged in politics [more].
THE COMMISSIONER ON CITIZENS’ ISSUES
The Commissioner, together with 54 social organizations, submitted to the Prime Minister an appeal regarding the need to depart from the institutionalized system of support provision to persons with disabilities and the elderly. [more].
A small success of the action entitled Do you have a problem with a loan in Swiss francs? Find out what you can do: thanks to the intervention of the Financial Ombudsman, one of the cases was amicably solved. In order to maintain positive relations with the customer, the bank discontinued charging a fee for a foreign currency account used to repay the loan [more].
Another meeting within the action of the CHR and the Financial Ombudsman will be held on 5 December in Olsztyn [details, registration form and interactive guidebook].