Newsletter Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland 25 April - 8 May 2017
Newsletter 25 April – 8 May 2017
Psychiatrists, patients and citizens all seek a change: Adam Bodnar at the 1st Mental Health Congress
The Commissioner said that public policies should be developed based on expert knowledge, international experience and research results, rather than on myths and superstitions. In each case, support should be extended not only to the person with a mental health problem, but also to his/her community and family members [more]. The problems of mentally ill persons, their families and doctors were also discussed at a press conference held at the CHR Office [more].
Regional meetings in the Wielkopolskie and Pomorskie voivodeships
The meetings also provided an opportunity to discuss the model of community support to elderly persons [more]. The Commissioner visited the Family Initiatives Centre in Poznań [more]. In Zduny, he spoke about support to victims of domestic violence [more]. The CHR also visited the PCPR Crisis Intervention Centre in Krotoszyn [more]. In Kalisz, he learned about the experience of the innovative Autism Diagnosis and Therapy Centre named "Nowa Nadzieja" [more].
Next regional meetings will take place from 15 to 17 May in Pomerania. The spokesman will visit Gdynia, Gdańsk and Malbork [meetings schedule and registration form].
70th anniversary of the Operation Vistula [Polish: Akcja Wisła]
On 28 April 1947, the large scale action of forced resettlement of Ukrainians and Lemkos, Polish citizens, from the south-eastern provinces of Poland to the north-west region of the country started. In three months, over 140,000 persons were resettled. Some of them were transported to the Central Labour Camp in Jaworzno, in which 160 persons died a result of hunger, illnesses and torture.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of those events, the Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement [more]. He also took part in the ceremony held in Przemyśl [more]. The CHR’s representative attended a similar ceremony in Gorlice [more]. Adam Bodnar was also a panellist at the Operation Vistula conference organized by the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences [more].
I am not a politician / The CHR’s statement in connection with Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of the Interior’s comment on the CHR’s activities
- Once again I have to emphasize: I am not a politician, I am not fighting for power and for political positions. I am implementing the statutory mission of the Commissioner for Human Rights, as determined in the constitution. And in this role I attempted to explain the circumstances of the use, by the Border Guard, of direct coercion measures against three persons in the guarded centre for foreigners in Biała Podlaska, stressed Adam Bodnar after a press conference in which the Minister of the Interior and Administration accused the CHR of “attacks against the Polish Border Guard and the Police” [more]. More information about the CHR’s inspection regarding the events in Biała Podlaska can be found at rpo.gov.pl