Newsletter 21 December 2017– 8 January 2018
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- The First Polish Congress on Civil Rights was an unprecedented event, said Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar at a press conference held on 8 January. Within one month from the end of the Congress, specific recommendations have been developed. They will serve as an inspiration for the CHR and will also be shared with ministries and central institutions as well as political parties. Additionally, the Commissioner will use them during his regional meetings.
54 recommendations of the First Congress on Civil Rights constitute a list of tasks to be implemented by the Commissioner for Human Rights and the civil society.
Specific Congress recommendations relate to education and civic empowerment, the rights of citizens in their contacts with the judicial system, healthcare, work, home and the position of Poland in Europe [specific recommendations].
The next Congress on Civil Rights will be held on 7 and 8 December 2018, a century after Poland regained independence, 70 years after signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 25 years after Poland's ratification of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Reports, documents, panel discussion videos as well as photographic documentation of the Congress are available on the event’s website (https://www.rpo.gov.pl/pl/content/kpo).
The CHR warns about the growing shortage of doctors. Until recently, they agreed to work overtime, in fact beyond their possibilities. However, now they terminate the so-called opt-out clause. This is the next stage of focusing people’s attention on the scale of the problem of underfunding of the health care system, after resident doctors’ hunger strike in autumn last year. The situation is dangerous for patients and thus the government should not limit itself to monitoring it; it should start a dialogue with doctors. This is of greatest importance, according to the CHR [more].
Under current regulations, vehicle’s registration document must be presented during a traffic police inspection. However, users of car-sharing, that is a system of shared use of passenger cars, in which cars are made available to users for short periods of time, do not have such documents. The CHR requested the Minister of Infrastructure and Construction to look into the matter [more].
The Ministry of Health wants to amend the provisions of the Act on Counteracting Drug Addiction, dating back to 2005, so as to make it possible to react faster to new substances appearing on the market (in particular the so-called designer drugs). The CHR indicates how to improve the draft amendment to make it clear which substances are illegal and since when [more].
The Tribunal has admitted that the concept of "expropriation" is to be understood more broadly. This related to a situation in which a citizen sold his real property to the state, being aware of the risk of expropriation for the so-called “public-sector investment purposes”. Still, he has the right to have the property returned to him because the property finally turned out not needed for the public sector investment [more].
The media inform about cases in which people lost their property because civil divisions of courts, based on forged promissory notes, issued judgments requiring those persons to pay large sums of money. Even if a court’s criminal division imposes a penalty on a person guilty of forging a signature, the consequences of the civil division’s judgment are not automatically eliminated. The Gdańsk-Północ [Gdańsk-North] District Court upheld the Commissioner's request to resume civil proceedings in the case in which a promissory note was bearing a forged signature [more].