Newsletter Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland 6 - 13 June 2017
Newsletter 6-13 June 2017
The CHR on the amendment of the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary
The adoption of the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary, and the fact that politicians rather than judges themselves will decide about the nominations to the Council, will damage the spine of the Polish judicial system as well as our traditional system of state, said Commissioner Adam Bodnar during the 43rd session of the Sejm. Members of Parliament discussed the report of the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding the government’s draft amendments to the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary and certain other acts [more].
The Commissioner claims that the Constitutional Tribunal should postpone its session on the Act on the Supreme Court and notify the CHR of the new session date
The Commissioner for Human Rights correctly notified the Constitutional Tribunal of his intention to participate in the proceeding before it. Despite this fact, the chair of the CT judicial panel did not notify the Commissioner of the date of the session scheduled for 22 June 2017. The failure to notify the CHR as a participant in the CT proceeding is a reason which necessitates the postponement of the hearing [more].
The CHR’s regional meetings in Łowicz and Kutno
Issues related to the justice system, problems of carers of persons with disabilities, and the subject of domestic violence were discussed by the Commissioner with inhabitants of Łowicz [more]. The meeting in Kutno focused on environmental protection, activation of senior persons and counteracting hate on the Internet [more]. On the occasion of the regional meetings, Adam Bodnar also visited Karino Association for Rehabilitation and Education [Polish: Stowarzyszenie Rehabilitacyjno-Edukacyjne Karino] near Łowicz [more ].
Over 200 people in Warsaw took part in the CHR’s information meetings on loans in Swiss francs
These were the 12th and the 13th meetings, held as part of the meetings action organized by the CHR across the country. The meetings are held in the cities where CHR’s representative offices or CHR’s citizen advice offices are located. The meetings aim to empower bank customers by indicating legal tools which they can use in their disputes and negotiations with banks (without waiting for the authorities to decide on introducing statutory solutions [more, including materials distributed in the meetings].