Newsletter 27 December 2016 – 2 January 2017
The Commissioner for Human Rights together with the CHR Office employees developed a ranking of problems which, in 2016, posed the greatest threats from the point of view of the respect for human rights and civil rights in our country. The Commissioner also indicated issues on which clear progress has been achieved or positive changes have been announced [more].
The identified threats included, among others, the constitutional crisis and its impact on the protection of the rights and freedoms of individuals, the introduction of legislative solutions which limit civil rights, and the presence of social exclusion and homelessness on a large scale.
The positive phenomena, in the CHR’s opinion, were: the increase of the minimum monthly salary and the minimum hourly wage which may be provided for in civil law contracts, the use by the government administration of social clauses in public procurement, and the Family 500+ programme.
Starting from January 2017, the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Financial Ombudsman shall carry out a joint information action in nine Polish cities: Bydgoszcz, Częstochowa, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kielce, Lublin, Słupsk, Szczecin and Wrocław. The first meeting will be held in Wrocław on 13 January. Residents of Warsaw can seek information directly from the Financial Ombudsman. Details and dates of individual meetings are available at rpo.gov.pl
Adam Bodnar used the opportunity to appeal to fathers to take paternity leaves. This is their right and the right of their children and families [more].
The website rpo.gov.pl contains a calendar of the upcoming meetings with the Commissioner for Human Rights and of events held under his patronage.
Information about the Commissioner’s work on cases relating to citizens’ issues is available under the “What we do” tab. An interactive map indicates cases in which the Commissioner has intervened.