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ODF holds a side-event on Polish judiciary during 2020 PACE Winter Session

As is by now tradition for us, we were proud to be present during the 2020 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held on 27-31 January 2020 in Strasbourg, France. Our delegation consisted of ODF President Lyudmyla Kozlovska, Kazakhstani activist from the ‘Qaharman’ human rights movement Dana Zhanay and Polish persecuted judge Dominik Czeszkiewicz from the Suwałki District Court.

Together with Dominik Czeszkiewicz, the very first Polish judge to be persecuted by PiS, we gathered support from PACE MPs to amend the report on “The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland”, which eventually led to the opening of the monitoring procedure with respect to Poland.

Among the key messages we delivered to the MPs during bilateral meetings and at the side-event “Law and Justice’s Continued Campaign against the Polish Judiciary”, hosted by Italian Senator Roberto Rampi with the participation of MP Barbara Nowacka and judge Czeszkiewicz, were:

  • requesting support for hundreds of judges and prosecutors, victims of disciplinary proceedings, defamation campaigns and hate speech solely for being critical about the “justice reform”;
  • raising concerns over the independence and impartiality of the National Council of the Judiciary, as well as over the new disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court, which cannot be considered a court.

The side-event was live-streamed and you can watch it on our Facebook fanpage.

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