Newsletter 4 – 9 October 2017
The role of the CHR is to protect citizens against abuse of power. Complaints regarding such situations may be filed with the Commissioner by every citizen. The CHR’s task is to examine each complaint and, if possible, react to it, said Adam Bodnar at a press conference held at the request of media representatives after Deputy Minister of Justice Patryk Jaki, responsible for the penitentiary system and, at the same time, chairman of the Verification Commission on Property Restitution in Warsaw, accused the CHR of “defending the dealers of restitution claims” and called him to resign [more].
On 29 September the CHR, reacting to the complaints of citizens answering before the Verification Commission of Minister Jaki, requested an explanation of the complaints [more].
Homelessness cannot be combated effectively if we do not work together, said Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar in his opening address at the conference entitled Combating homelessness and housing exclusion - the need for systemic prevention and deinstitutionalization of social services held on 5 October in the CHR’s Office. The event was attended by representatives of local governments from all over the country, ministries, non-governmental organizations and experts in the field of housing [more]. During the conference, the latest publication of the CHR, entitled Housing programmes in preventing homelessness: good practices and reflections on the system was presented [more].
Street names, responsibilities of the state, and parents’ contacts with children after divorce were the main subjects discussed in the CHR’s regional meeting held on 6 October in Żyrardów [more].
THE COMMISSIONER ON CITIZENS’ ISSUES
The day after the so-called Black Protest held on 3 October, the police inspected registered offices of several such organizations, which was said to be connected with the investigation of abuse of powers by officials of the Ministry of Justice in 2012-2015, related to the allocation of funds from the Fund for Supporting Offence Victims [more].