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Turning To Face Citizens: Public Hearing of Public National Prosecutor Candidates

22 February 2024

A civic hearing of the candidates for the office of the National Public Prosecutor was held on 21 February 2024. It was organised by Democracy Action (Akcja Demokracja), the Open Dialogue Foundation, the “Defensor Iuris” Bar Association (Stowarzyszenie Adwokackie Defensor Iuris), Władysław Bartoszewski’s Skwer Association, and Video-KOD. The purpose of the hearing was to: rebuild […]

The House of Cards Poland: The aftermath of the parliamentary elections on the rule of law

17 January 2024

1. How did the parliamentary elections pan out? Following the parliamentary elections in October 2023, the political situation in Poland has changed substantially. According to the final count by the National Electoral Commission, turnout reached a record-setting 74.4%. In the lower house, the Sejm, the opposition, secured 248 seats, compared to the Law and Justice […]

ODF and Themis ‘Malicious Prosecution’ Report on Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office

7 October 2023

Together with the “Themis” Association of Judges, we are proud to present the latest version of the report on abuses of power perpetrated by the Polish public prosecutor’s office under the rule of Zbigniew Ziobro: “Selected Cases of Malicious Prosecution and Derelition of Duties“. Monday 9 October, 16:00 – there will be a live broadcast […]

ODF secures 4 PACE documents in defence the rule of law and human rights

3 May 2023

During the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that concluded last Friday, our representation (Martin Mycielski and Katarzyna Szczypska) together with Judge Maciej Ferek (reinstated after 522 days of suspension for applying the primacy of European law), discussed the rule of law and political persecution in Poland and the Palestinian […]

The Supreme Administrative Court: The ban on Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s entry into Poland is unjustified

9 December 2022

On 5 December 2022, the Supreme Administrative Court overruled the last verdict of the neo-judges at the Voivodeship Administrative Court that was unfavourable to Lyudmyla Kozlovska and thus ,the decision of the Mazovian Voivodeship in her case. The Court concluded that the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation poses no threat to national security – […]

Hearing victims of the politicised Polish prosecution service at the Council of Europe

14 October 2022

During the October 2022 plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ODF had the honour to organise a public hearing under the title “Erosion of the rule of law in Poland: Political abuses of the prosecution office”. The event, held on 13 October in the Council’s Strasbourg headquarters, was hosted by […]

ODF organises hearing on the politicised prosecution service at OSCE

11 October 2022

In the weeks of 26 September – 7 October the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its Warsaw-based Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) held its 2022 Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, serving as a summit, or plenary session, of the OSCE’s human rights institution. The conference was attended by OSCE […]

Advocating for the rule of law in Poland and against religious fundamentalists at OSCE/ODIHR forum

9 October 2022

In the weeks of 26 September – 7 October the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its Warsaw-based Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) held its 2022 Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, serving as a summit, or plenary session, of the OSCE’s human rights institution. The conference was attended by OSCE […]

Nazi “Gazeta Polska“ cover: Appeal court orders Tomasz Sakiewicz apology

23 August 2022

The Court of Appeal in Warsaw decided that the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Bartosz Kramek, had been defamed and stigmatised by Tomasz Sakiewicz, the editor-in-chief of Gazeta Polska and by the newspaper’s publisher, Niezależne Wydawnictwo Polskie. The case concerned a photoshopped image of the Chair of ODF’s Supervisory Board […]

ODF wins court case against Dominik Tarczyński MEP

15 August 2022

‘I, Dominik Tarczyński, apologise to Lyudmyla Kozlovska for infringement of her dignity and good name and to the Open Dialogue Foundation in Warsaw (Registration no. (KRS): 0000353754) for damage to its reputation and good name by disseminating damaging and untrue information about their participation in laundering of money coming from Russia during my appearance in […]

Maciej Wąsik loses libel case over Foundation’s ‘ties to Russia’ claim. Court ordered apologies

5 August 2022

Maciej Wąsik, Deputy Interior Minister and Deputy Coordinator of Special Services, lost the lawsuit for violation of personal rights of the Open Dialogue Foundation. Wąsik defamed the Foundation by claiming it had connections with Russia, laundered money and conducted hybrid activities, as well as accused Bartosz Kramek, Chair of ODF’s Supervisory Board, of publicly calling […]

Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office: Selected Cases of Malicious Prosecution and Dereliction of Duties

16 February 2022

Since the Law and Justice (PiS)-led United Right coalition took power in 2015, we have witnessed an unprecedented level of politicisation of the public prosecution service, which has been transformed into a tool serving political and personal interests of the ruling camp and its members. This resulted in a growing number of politically motivated cases of investigations carried out primarily against those regarded as opponents of the government.

Discussing the rule of law in Poland with OSCE PA rights leaders

1 February 2022

On February 1st, in the Warsaw headquarters of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODHIR), the three leaders of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s (OSCE PA) human rights committee met with Polish civil society representatives at the forefront of defending the rule of law in the country. The purpose of the meeting was […]

The defeat of Zbigniew Ziobro and the prosecution service. The court lifted the restriction of liberty imposed on Bartosz Kramek

17 November 2021

On 26 October 2021, the District Court in Lublin refused to tighten the preventive measures imposed on Bartosz Kramek, the Head of the Board and a trustee of the Open Dialogue Foundation, finding them unreasonable and disproportionate. Thus, the court lifted the ban on leaving the country and the police probation, i.e. Bartek’s obligation to […]

New WSA “judgment” in Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s case. Cassation appeal against neo-judges filed

6 November 2021

In the past few weeks, we have filed a cassation appeal with the Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) against the latest judgment issued by the Provincial Administrative Court (WSA) in Warsaw in July 2021 (which was served to us [two months later] in September). Contrary to three previous decisions, this “court” agreed, for the first time, […]

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