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Visit to Poland

Poland: slow down and consult on legislation to avoid human-rights backsliding

12/02/2016 Warsaw
"Human rights compliant legislation requires time and thorough consultation” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, at the end of a four-day visit to Poland reviewing the effectiveness of the country's framework for the protection of human rights, the administration of justice as well as gender equality and women's rights. Referring to several laws hastily...

Call on Polish President not to sign new Media Law

05/01/2016 Strasbourg
I call on the President of the Republic of Poland not to sign the law on Public Service Media governance and to uphold the independence of Poland’s public service television and radio. The law worryingly places public service media under direct government control by giving the latter the powers to appoint and dismiss the members of the supervisory and management boards of public service...

Polish authorities submit interim report on Commissioner’s Recommendations

[16/04/09] The Polish authorities have recently provided the Commissioner with an interim report on the progress made in implementing the Commissioner's 19 recommendations for improvement of the human rights situation in the country. Following Commissioner Hammarberg's visit to Poland in December 2006 and the publication of the visit Memorandum in June 2007, the Polish authorities adopted a...

Commissioner Hammarberg on official visit to Poland

[29/05/08 16:00] Commissioner Hammarberg started a three-day contact visit to Poland today to discuss the human rights situation in the country, focusing mainly on the government's execution of the European Court of Human Rights judgments, prison conditions, judicial appointments and anti-discrimination issues. During the visit, the Commissioner will meet with the Ministers for Foreign Affairs,...

"Irena Sendler - the good conscience of Poland"

13/05/07 11:30] "The message that Irena Sendler has left this world brings a deep sorrow. But also a reminder that one individual can mean so much for the rest of us. As a young social worker in the occupied Poland she committed herself to trying to save Jewish children from the nazi extermination campaign. She joined the resistance and organised a group of women who smuggled children to...

Thomas Hammarberg discusses Poland memorandum with PM Kaczynski

[29/06/07 18:30] The Commissioner visited Poland to hold high-level meetings following his recent Memorandum on the Polish human rights situation. Mr Hammarberg met with Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, and Ombudsman Janusz Kochanowski. He also discussed the Memorandum's conclusions with representatives of civil society and human rights experts.

Commissioner for Human Rights presents Memorandum on Poland

[20/06/07 15:00] Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, today presented a Memorandum on Poland’s human rights record to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.

Commissioner visits Poland

[20/03/07 16:00] Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg visited Warsaw for talks with Polish Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga. The agenda includes Poland's controversial lustration law, the government's efforts to combat discrimination and racism, as well as the Commissioner's future role in relation to cases at the European Court of Human Rights. The Commissioner also spoke at a conference organised by...

Memorandum to the Polish Government

Memorandum to the Polish Government: Assessment of the progress made in implementing the 2002 recommendations of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights CommDH(2007)13 / 20 June 2007 CommDH(2007)13 / 20 June 2007 ( in Polish)

Report on visit to Poland

Report of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles, on his visit to Poland (18-22 November 2002) CommDH(2003)4 / 19 March 2003 CommDH(2003)4 / 19 March 2003 ( in Polish)