Newsletter Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland 23 - 29 May 2017

Newsletter  23 -29 May 2017


The CHR calls for restraint in the language of political debate

The tone of many public statements in our country has reached the level of political and cultural war. Some words and expressions are used which violate human dignity and divide citizens into different categories. (...) I would prefer people who express their views in public to start with confirming that "all people are born free and equal" and that all Poles (and voters) have the same rights, regardless of their political views, religion or social status, appealed Adam Bodnar to politicians, asking for more restraint in public statements [more].

The CHR’s regional meetings in the Mazowieckie voivodeship

On 25 May, Commissioner Adam Bodnar met with inhabitants of Ciechanów and Płock. The CHR spoke, among others, with students of the Stanisław Małachowski General Secondary School in Płock [more].

Consequences of the failure to pay alimony

On 31 May, new legislation will come into force, making it possible to impose penalties for non-payment of alimony already after three months. Some of the penalties may be served under the Electronic Surveillance System, as had been postulated by the Expert Committee on Alimony Payments. On 30 May, results of the survey on public perception of non-payment of alimony were published [more].

The Commissioner for Human Rights’ inquiry to Commander-in-Chief of the Police, regarding the circumstances of Igor Stachowiak's death. [more].  The CHR has been monitoring the case since the victim’s tragic death.


Results of the regional meeting in Gniezno: the CHR Office experts spoke with residents of the housing estate near Września, which is surrounded by animal farms [more].

The CHR on the prohibition to hold a demonstration against the staging of Klątwa [The Curse] at Teatr Powszechny [Powszechny theatre] [more].

Methods used by the police to prevent violence against policewomen and to protect their rights – a reply to the CHR’s inquiry [more].

Will teachers lose their jobs because of the education system reform? The Commissioner writes to the Minister of National Education [more].

The conscience clause at pharmacies? A reply by the Chief Pharmaceutical Inspector [more].

The Commissioner on alternative child care [more].

Improving access to administration services - the Minister of Digitization replies to the CHR’s inquiry [more].

The Commissioner writes to the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy on community support for the elderly [more].

The CHR’s measures to protect the rights of Polish children abroad [more].

The Minister of Justice replies to the inquiry about programmes for domestic violence perpetrators who leave penitentiary institutions [more].

The CHR: psychiatric hospitals should have care call systems installed [more].

The Ministry of National Education replies to the Commissioner’s inquiry regarding digital safety of children and youth [more].


Voting  rights of homeless people - after the CHR’s application, work is underway to amend the regulation [more].

In Russia, torture at police stations is a structural problem – the ECHR judgement [more].

Reply by the Minister of Development and Finance on phasing out individual interpretations of tax regulations by single revenue offices, and replacing them with nationally-binding interpretations [more].

The ECHR: Romania is not engaged in the fight against domestic violence [more].


Antisemitism is not a view. Sylwia Spurek took part in an unusual history lesson with Georg Elbaum, a Holocaust survivor [more].

The Expert Committee for Homelessness Prevention met again [more].

A delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality visited the CHR Office [more].

On discrimination based on age: a meeting of the Expert Committee on Senior Persons [more].

A meeting with representatives of the National Administration of Penitentiary Institutions [more]