Newsletter Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland 27 March - 3 April 2017
Newsletter 27 March – 3 April 2017
20th anniversary of the current Constitution
On Sunday, 2 April 2017, 20 years have passed since the adoption of the current text of the Constitution. On that occasion, the CHR Office organized meetings and discussions open to the general public, e.g. with prof. Ewa Łętowska, the first Polish Commissioner for Human Rights and with prof. Jerzy Ciemniewski, one of the authors of the current Constitution. The CHR Office employees presented the main matters dealt with by the Commissioner and directly relating to the rights arising from the Constitution [more]. Adam Bodnar indicated which article of the Basic Law is, in his opinion, the most important one [more]. Deputy CHR Krzysztof Olkowicz talked about the Constitution with prisoners in the prison in the town of Czarne [more].
The CHR’s regional meetings in the Dolnośląskie voivodeship
From 26 to 31 March, Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar held meetings with residents of the Dolnośląskie voivodeship. He visited: Bogatynia, Jelenia Góra, Wałbrzych, Kłodzko, Świdnica, Legnica and Wrocław.
During the meetings, women’s rights could additionally be discussed with the chairperson of the association “Silne Kobiety Bogatyni” [Strong Women of Bogatynia] [more]. The CHR also met with scouts and scout leaders from the troop named Świdnica [more], and with the Lemkos association from Legnica [more].
The importance of mediation at school, in the family, between neighbours and organizations, or after leaving a prison, and the significance of teaching how to resolve conflicts was discussed by Adam Bodnar with representatives of the Peace House Foundation in Wrocław [more]. The foundation also co-operates with Julian Tuwim Primary School no. 108 in Wrocław, whose pupils told the CHR about mediation in the case of conflicts in the class [more].
At the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wrocław Adam Bodnar gave a lecture entitled “Security of human rights and civil rights” [more].
During his trip to the Dolnośląskie voivodeship, the Commissioner also visited the Gross-Rosen Museum in Rogoźnica [more].
Implementation by Poland of the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights
The plenipotentiary of the government of Ukraine for proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights talked with the CHR representatives about how to ensure effective implementation of the Court’s judgements [more]. A day before, a meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Team on the European Court of Human Rights was held, during which the CHR Office employees pointed out issues relating to the implementation of the ECHR judgments against Poland [more].
Necessary amendments to the election law: a seminar with OSCE experts
The OSCE representatives presented recommendations developed following the report drawn up after the 2015 parliamentary elections in Poland. Representatives of the Polish Parliament, NGOs and academic communities submitted their comments on the document [more].
Representatives of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine met with Deputy CHR
Deputy CHR Stanisław Trociuk hosted a delegation of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine, headed by its Chairman Igor M. Benedysiuk. Issues discussed in the meeting included the CHR’s powers under the law, as well as methods of exerting influence in the field of civil rights’ protection. Representatives of the Council were particularly interested in the Polish solutions and the Commissioner's actions relating to the introduction changes to the judicial system [more].