Enquiry No. 4298 to the Prime Minister regarding the words of Mr Tarczynski on Radio Kielce on 22 August 2017
Submitted by: Artur Gierada, Agnieszka Pomaska, Piotr Cieśliński, Sławomir Nitras, Cezary Tomczyk, Paweł Olszewski, Rafał Trzaskowski
Date of receipt: 28 August 2017
Polish Radio Kielce reports — Law and Justice MP Dominik Tarczynski from Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship filed a notification to the Prosecutor’s Office on 23 August regarding the Open Dialogue Foundation. According to the parliamentarian, representatives of the Foundation called for breaking of the law and the overthrow of the democratically appointed government.
Last month, in the wake of protests over proposed changes to the judiciary, representatives of the Open Dialogue Foundation wrote a manifesto outlining 16 ways to protest against the current government. The text proposed, for example, the occupation of the Supreme Court’s premises or continued protests in front of Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s house, or even a temporary abstention from paying taxes.
Dominik Tarczynski said that such actions must be immediately condemned.
“My notification is a form of response to the incitement to break the law. Those involved must face the consequences. I therefore hope that the Prosecutor’s Office will take action,” the MP said.
The MP added that he would like to discuss the issue with ministers Zbigniew Ziobro and Mariusz Błaszczak in person.
The Open Dialogue Foundation has been active in Poland since 2009. According to its statute, it deals with the protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the post-Soviet area.
Dear Madam Prime Minister, in view of the fact that in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship Mr Tarczynski is famous for his inconsistency in fulfilling promises made on air in the local media, I have decided to address directly the person to whom the ministers called on the carpet report. I would very much appreciate an answer to the question:
— Do you, Madam Prime Minister, agree with Mr Tarczyński and believe that the activity of the Open Dialogue Foundation should indeed be qualified as a prohibited act?
— Do you think it is legitimate for parliamentarians to consult the Minister of Justice — the General Prosecutor about decisions related to exerting pressure on an NGO? In your opinion, could such a conversation be an attempt by a parliamentarian to force certain decisions on the Minister of Justice and his subordinate judiciary — “I … hope that the Prosecutor’s Office will take action”, “I would like to discuss the issue with ministers Zbigniew Ziobro and Mariusz Błaszczak in person”?
— Has Mr Tarczynski consulted with the Prime Minister? Will meetings with your government ministers on such an important matter be conducted without your knowledge and consent?