Newsletter 27 June – 2 July 2017
- I am aware that the judiciary system is in need of reform. Yet, the bill on which the Sejm is currently working is not going to improve the situation. Its adoption will subordinate the courts to political authorities, thus limiting people’s right to court and to a fair trial. The results will affect ordinary people (in cases such as road accident involving a politician’s car; claims against the State Treasury; dismissal from a politically-dependent institution; decision to release a person against the prosecutor's opinion, etc.).
This was the position presented by Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar to the Speaker of the Sejm. I am convinced that the bill in this form should not be adopted, he wrote. He also indicated specific aspects of the Polish judiciary system which need improvement and which are not covered by the bill [more].
The teenager was spat at on the main street of Lublin. According to media reports, police officers who were nearby laughed when they were asked to intervene. Unfortunately, according to media reports, this was not the only situation of insulting the participants of the trip to Poland. The CHR will try to determine the circumstances of the other incidents described by the media [more].
The Commissioner inquired, inter alia, when the recording from the taser was secured, when it was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office and what were the circumstances of detaining the witnesses of the situation in the market square in Wrocław [more, including a video with the CHR’s statement]. The CHR also called for amendment of the regulations on the use of paralyser guns [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.