Newsletter 29 November – 6 December 2016
The Polish Parliament is working on the private members’ bill on the Law on Assemblies. Such a procedure of amending the law limits the process of public consultations, stated the CHR in his opinion expressed in the course of the works: - The bill should not be adopted as the solutions provided for in it are inconsistent with the Constitution and the international standards relating to the freedom of assembly, concluded the CHR in his opinion submitted to Sejm Speaker Marek Kuchciński.
The CHR’s opinion thoroughly examines the content of the bill, its consequences for the citizens and its provisions as compared to the international standards adopted by Poland.
The Commissioner pointed e.g. at unequal treatment of various assembly organizers, which may result in a hierarchical approach to them [more].
Criticism of the proposed amendment has also been expressed by the Supreme Court [more].
- One may have the impression that sometimes things happen in silence in Poland, and there is no discussion about racist attacks. Representatives of the public institutions responsible for safety and security relate to acts of hooliganism only. I disagree with their approach and I am pleased there are other institutions which share my opinion. It is good that the attack was condemned by the authorities of the University of Warsaw and by Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, said Adam Bodnar in a meeting with the Nigerian citizen, a PhD student at the University of Warsaw, who had been attacked in a street in Warsaw [more].
On the public television channels, several news items were broadcast which suggested irregularities in the funding of non-governmental organizations. The information also suggested that holders or former holders of public positions, including the Constitutional Tribunal’s retired judges, were involved in the irregularities, while some basic information on the legal principles of work of NGOs was omitted. The CHR has addressed a letter on the issue to the Chairman of the National Broadcasting Council [more].
Dr Krzysztof Kurowski who has been working for the CHR Office since 2012 is among the twenty semi-finalists of the competition "The Man Without Barriers". Dr Kurowski is the first lawyer with severe disability to have appeared before the Constitutional Tribunal as an attorney. He has won a case of fundamental importance for incapacitated persons and has proven that persons with disabilities can play key roles in the public life [more].
The right to family life, the support to families of disabled persons, and disabled persons’ access to health care were the main subjects of the last meeting of the Expert Committee on Persons with Disabilities [more].
Methods of supporting mentally ill persons in the process of their recovery were discussed in a meeting of the Board of Związek Powiatów Polskich [the Association of Polish Counties]. In his regional meetings, the CHR comes across numerous positive local initiatives [more].
After numerous discussions with stakeholders, two on-site visits and a meeting with experts, the CHR has concluded that only the Constitutional Tribunal’s judgement can solve the year-long heated dispute concerning the expansion of the borders of the city of Opole [more].
- Today's ceremony is of special importance to me. For the first time ever, the award of the Knight of Freedom does not go to a president, a minister, a historical hero or a famous writer, but to a prisoner of conscience, said Adam Bodnar in the laudation to Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
On 3 December, the Russian dissident and founder of the Open Russia Foundation received the "Knight of Freedom" award from the Casimir Pułaski Foundation. As emphasized by Zbigniew Pisarski, President of the Pułaski Foundation, Khodorkovsky received the award for his uncompromising efforts to establish the rule of law, to build civil society and to promote European values in the Russian society [more].
"It’s worth it to be decent" was the slogan of the ceremony of giving the name of Władysław Bartoszewski to a small square at Ogrodowa street in Warsaw. Commissioner Adam Bodnar was among Warsaw residents taking part in the ceremony [more].