Newsletter Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland 7 - 14 February 2018
Newsletter 7 -14 February 2018
Free judges will be remembered by free people. On 8 February, outstanding Polish lawyer Prof. Adam Strzembosz received the Paweł Włodkowic award granted by the CHR. Paweł Włodkowic was a 15th century Polish scholar engaged in laying the foundations for international law [more].
9 February 2018 was the second anniversary of the launch of activity of the Expert Team on Child Support. The team’s establishment was a joint initiative of the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ombudsman for Children. What has been done over those two years? What ways of solving the problems are proposed by the CHR and the OC? [more].
Use of torture at the police station in Siedlce: police officers sentenced to imprisonment
The incident took place in 2012. The detainees were beaten with a truncheon on their feet, water was poured on them, and they were attacked with a taser gun, also on their intimate areas. One of the detainees committed suicide. The guilty officers have been sentenced to imprisonment for periods from one year to two years and two months [more].
The CHR’s regional meetings in the Lubelskie and Podlaskie voivodeships
In the last week of February, within the regional meetings programme Adam Bodnar will meet with residents and activists from seven towns and villages located in the Lubelskie and Podlaskie voivodeships. The Commissioner for Human Rights will visit: Radzyń Podlaski, Niemce, Lubartów, Biała Podlaska, Hajnówka, Bielsk Podlaski, Siemiatycze [more].
THE COMMISSIONER ON CITIZENS’ ISSUES
The Commissioner wrote to the Minister of the Interior Affairs and Administration with regard to the parliamentary act which has reduced pensions of persons who held specific positions in the Ministry of Internal Affairs under the communist system
The CHR received motions from over 1.5 thousand persons whose pensions have been cut under the act. Among those persons are former Polish People’s Republic officers who successfully worked for the country also for years after 1989, widows and orphans of such officers who included persons with disabilities. The changes affected, among others, a former member of the Polish Home Army, who served as a liaison officer during the Warsaw Uprising, a daughter of the Second World War hero, or a widow of an Olympic medallist. The Commissioner requested the Minister of the Interior and Administration to consider amending the act [more].