Newsletter 21-28 February 2018
The problematic system of elections of the National Judiciary Council members by politicians (introduced by a parliamentary act of 2017) is further complicated by the fact that the election process can easily be questioned. The newly elected Council is not going to represent judges from all types and levels of courts, although this is required by the Constitution. The CHR also inquired the Sejm Speaker about the reasons for not disclosing the data of judges who have supported the candidates to positions in the new Council [more].
Two children of a man indicated in the register as convicted for paedophilia are afraid that their trauma and exclusion may come back when the local community finds out what their father has done. Both of them were also victims of their father's violence (although not of sexual crimes). One of the man’s sons requested the CHR to intervene. The Commissioner appealed to the Minister of Justice to change the law [more].
Adult children of parents who, in the past, grossly neglected their parental duties or were perpetrators of violence against their children, should enjoy protection by the state and should, as a rule, be exempt from fees for their parents’ stay in social welfare homes, emphasized the CHR in his intervention submitted to the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy [more].
During the event, Dr Krzysztof Kurowski from the Equal Treatment Team of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights received a special award for his contribution to and engagement in building local environment accessible to persons with disabilities and for his efforts aimed at promoting the idea of such persons’ independent living [more].