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Finalising the settlement of the action #PosiłekDlaLekarza: 58,000 zlotys for City Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice

Finalising the settlement of the action #PosiłekDlaLekarza: 58,000 zlotys for City Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice

Today, Rafał Matouszek, Logistics Coordinator at the Open Dialogue Foundation, visited Silesia – his home region. During the special mission, Rafał met with the management of City Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice in order to sign a donation agreement for the amount of over 58,000 zlotys that remained after settlements with restaurants as part of the #PosiłekDlaLekarza (eng. MealForADoctor) campaign. The campaign was carried out together with the FOR (Civil Development Forum) Foundation and the Niskie Składki (Low Contributions) and Spontaniczny Sztab Obywatelski (Spontaneous Civic Staff) associations.

Onet: Grant from the US Embassy in Poland to the Open Dialogue Foundation

Onet: Grant from the US Embassy in Poland to the Open Dialogue Foundation

he Open Dialogue Foundation, headed by Lyudmyla Kozlovska, received PLN 71,000 from the U.S. Department of State for the promotion of the rule of law in Poland. – at the same time, the Onet.pl news site pointed out that the President herself, who is a Ukrainian citizen, cannot come to Poland as her name is on the national list of undesirable persons.

naTemat: The foundation hated by PiS received support from the US

naTemat: The foundation hated by PiS received support from the US

The Open Dialogue Foundation will educate secondary school students in Poland in the rule of law, including the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary. It’s a new idea that was funded by the U.S. State Department through the U.S. Embassy.

Democracy Fitness – rule of law education with support from the US Government

Democracy Fitness – rule of law education with support from the US Government

Our new project, “Democracy fitness: transforming citizens into active stakeholders via exercising democracy”, financed by the State Department through the US Embassy in Warsaw, is aimed at secondary school students in Poland. The aim of the project is to strengthen the understanding of democratic values and processes as well as foster civic participation. Emphasis will be placed on educational activities in the area of the rule of law, including the separation of powers and independence of the judiciary. It is planned to start in September 2020.

Polish citizens deprived of their “right to know”. Our intervention at OSCE

Polish citizens deprived of their “right to know”. Our intervention at OSCE

Since the Law and Justice party (PiS) came to power in 2015, the Polish authorities purposefully obstruct access to information – either by refusing to provide information, delays in responding or delivering incomplete information. This both unconstitutional and undemocratic practice is yet another example of Poland going rogue under the PiS leadership, stated our advocacy officer, Katarzyna Szczypska, at the Second Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM), and urged the OSCE bodies to take a firm stance and discipline the Polish authorities to comply with the organisation’s principles.

Europa United Eurochat podcast – Polish Presidential election special with Martin Mycielski

Europa United Eurochat podcast – Polish Presidential election special with Martin Mycielski

On Monday, June 22nd, less than a week before the first round of the Polish presidential election, our colleague Martin Mycielski was a guest on a special edition of the Europa United Eurochat podcast. The episode was entirely focused on the upcoming election, so after a few questions about ODF and our work Martin dove into the history of the office of the President and its former holders, to then give an overview of the current candidates, their views and chances.

World’s leading legal scholars in defence of judge Tuleya – ODF’s follow-up letter to the European Commission

World’s leading legal scholars in defence of judge Tuleya – ODF’s follow-up letter to the European Commission

Today, on June 9, 2020, the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court is holding a closed hearing regarding lifting the immunity of judge Igor Tuleya. This and other glaring violations of ECJ judgements and EU law have compelled the world’s leading legal scholars to sign a follow-up letter by ODF and Prof. Laurent Pech to the European Commission regarding the deterioration of the rule of law in Poland.

Report: How Hate Kills. Hate Crimes in Poland in 2019

Report: How Hate Kills. Hate Crimes in Poland in 2019

The last five years have been a period of rapid changes on the political scene in Poland – in 2015, presidential and parliamentary elections were held, and the election campaigns often referred to the dangers of immigration, aroused fears of refugees or Islamists, and appealed to anti-Semitic and anti-Ukrainian sentiments. At the same time, Europe faced the challenge of receiving and integrating large groups of immigrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Although this process was not visible in Poland, it became a subject of lively public debate, accompanied by real government action in this field.

Hate unmasked: new report on hate crimes in Poland

Hate unmasked: new report on hate crimes in Poland

Over 70 instances of hate crimes on racist, homophobic, anti-semitic, xenophobicand other grounds. This grim record is a result of Open Dialogue’s latest investigation into hate crimes in Poland. The report covers the period stretching from January to December 2019, and complements the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) annual reporting on “hate incidents” across the OSCE area. Most alarmingly, the report reveals a hate crime-conducive environment with the authorities turning a blind eye, or – worst still – being complicit in endorsing and spreading intolerance, stigmatisation, discrimination or even incitement to violence.

Can Rafał Trzaskowski reverse the fortunes of Poland’s opposition?

Can Rafał Trzaskowski reverse the fortunes of Poland’s opposition?

In an interview with Emerging Europe, ODF representatives Katarzyna Szczypska and Martin Mycielski spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of the delayed start of the opposition candidate Rafał Trzaskowski in Polish presidential election, his chances of defeating the current President and also why these elections may be the last fight for the Polish democracy.

Polish Radio executes interim measure re. ODF

Polish Radio executes interim measure re. ODF

Due to the decision issued by the District Court in Warsaw on March 13, 2020, state broadcaster Polskie Radio S.A. secured a claim on personal rights protection of ODF, Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek. As a result, Polskie Radio updated multiple articles in three language versions (Polish, Russian and Ukrainian) with information regarding pending lawsuits, […]

Further erosion of the Polish democracy:  providing feedback for the first EU Rule of Law Report

Further erosion of the Polish democracy: providing feedback for the first EU Rule of Law Report

The Open Dialogue Foundation provided inputs to the first annual Rule of Law Report, the European Commission’s latest oversight mechanism and a part of its wider rule of law toolbox. Together with experts and practitioners from Poland – judges Dariusz Mazur and Agnieszka Niklas-Bibik, as well as former public media employee, Piotr Owczarski – we submitted our feedback on the worrisome developments in the Polish justice system and media sector in 2019 and the first half of 2020. The European Commission’s initiative will result in the “Rule of Law Report”, expected to be published in September 2020.

Decisive phase of the fight for the rule of law in Poland: open letter to the European Commission

Decisive phase of the fight for the rule of law in Poland: open letter to the European Commission

The next few days and weeks will determine the fate of the Supreme Court, a key institution in the Polish legal system that is currently upholding the independence of the judiciary. In 2018 the Supreme Court was attacked by two foreign bodies, the so-called Disciplinary Chamber (ID) and the Chamber of Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs (IKNiSP). Contrary to their names, they do not consist of independent judges, but of party nominees loyal to the current parliamentary majority and the Law and Justice government.

Cooperation with DzialajmyRazem.pl

Cooperation with DzialajmyRazem.pl

As part of the #PosiłekDlaLekarza (Eng. #MealForADoctor) campaign, we are raising funds to deliver meals to healthcare workers. However, we are only one of the many support initiatives that emerged spontaneously a month ago in Poland, after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and in response to the associated restrictions.

#PosiłekDlaLekarza is changing its operating model

#PosiłekDlaLekarza is changing its operating model

The #MealForADoctor campaign has succeeded beyond our expectations. A spontaneous idea two weeks ago has gained unexpected popularity and resulted in over 500 catering establishments from all over Poland volunteering to participate. We also almost immediately reached several hundred thousand zlotys in donations and have so far raised almost 600,000 zlotys. As a result, meals have been delivered to over a hundred hospitals across the country. These are huge numbers! Your solidarity is fantastic, but it also raises some organisational challenges.

Poland’s incredulous presidential election

Poland’s incredulous presidential election

As incredible as it may seem in the current climate, with most of Europe on lockdown and national elections cancelled in Serbia and North Macedonia, Poland appears determined to go ahead with its presidential vote, set to be held on May 10. A second round, if needed, would take place two weeks later

ODF and ‘Themis’ report on the Polish judiciary published by the European Commission

ODF and ‘Themis’ report on the Polish judiciary published by the European Commission

The Open Dialogue Foundation is one of eight European organisations whose comments and report on the state of the judiciary in EU Member States in the framework of the EU Justice Scoreboard 2020 initiative have been adopted and published by the European Commission. Our study was prepared together with the ‘Themis’ Association of Judges and concerned the state of the Polish justice system.

Message for restaurateurs supporting the #PosiłekDlaLekarza campaign

Message for restaurateurs supporting the #PosiłekDlaLekarza campaign

The #MealForDoctor campaign is proving the great power that lies in spontaneous initiatives and the generosity of the Polish people. Even in our most optimistic scenarios, we did not expect that, in less than a week, we would collect more than PLN 500,000 and provide support to almost 500 restaurants – and, as a consequence, the same help to medical doctors themselves. Your participation in the campaign and the trust you have placed in our team – which gave you no guarantees that the initiative would succeed – are extremely encouraging.

Fundraising for the #PosiłekDlaLekarza has exceeded half a million PLN!

Fundraising for the #PosiłekDlaLekarza has exceeded half a million PLN!

There has been great success for the action organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation and Niskie Składki (Low Contributions) and Spontaniczny Sztab Obywatelski (Spontaneous Civic Staff) associations with the support of Patryk Wachowiec from the FOR (Civil Development Forum) Foundation. In the face of the epidemic in Poland, we have raised PLN 500,763 for meals for the health care workers who are tirelessly fighting the spread of coronavirus and helping those infected.

Onet on supporting those saving our health and lives

Onet on supporting those saving our health and lives

“Poland is fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The number of people who have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 is growing rapidly. There are also fatalities. An epidemic emergency has broken out across the country, and medical personnel are working tirelessly. It turns out that Poles want to support the people fighting for our lives and taking care of us.” Onet.pl announced the launch of the fundraising campaign #MealForADoctor (Pol. #PosiłekDlaLekarza), whose originators want to help doctors, nurses and ambulance crews by offering them free meals from local catering outlets.

Radio Zet explains the #PosiłekDlaLekarza campaign

Radio Zet explains the #PosiłekDlaLekarza campaign

“‘Meal for a Doctor’ is one of the campaigns aiming to support healthcare workers in hospitals and health centres,” Radio Zet reports.“Restaurants and catering establishments from all over the country have already declared that they will provide meals to medical staff for free. Each of us can support them in implementing this idea. We look at what the ‘Meal for a Doctor’ campaign is about, who is taking part in it and how you can join in.”

Interia shares appeal from organisers of #PosiłekDlaLekarza

Interia shares appeal from organisers of #PosiłekDlaLekarza

“‘Due to the coronavirus epidemic, health professionals have a lot of work to do. Let’s help them by paying for meals that they can order for free,’ the organisers of the action ‘Meal for the Doctor’ said in an appeal,”we read on Interia.pl.

Rzeczpospolita: #PosiłekDlaLekarza online fundraising

Rzeczpospolita: #PosiłekDlaLekarza online fundraising

Less than a day after the launch of the spontaneous action aimed at supporting Polish healthcare workers during the coronavirus epidemic. Rzeczpospolita has already covered this topic. The daily magazine reported that 45,000 zlotys have already been collected for meals for doctors.

There is one goal – to help those who are “at the forefront of the fight against the disease”. TVN24 reports on #PosiłekDlaLekarza

There is one goal – to help those who are “at the forefront of the fight against the disease”. TVN24 reports on #PosiłekDlaLekarza

“Doctors, nurses, ambulance crews. During the epidemic, all healthcare workers can count on a free meal from restaurants taking part in the actions #MealForADoctor (Pol. #PosiłekDlaLekarza) and #GastronomyIsHelping (Pol. #GastroPomaga),” reports TVN24, pointing out that although the two initiatives are organised by different people, their goal is the same – to help those “at the forefront of the fight against the disease”.

#PosiłekDlaLekarza: a new ODF and its partners’ campaign in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

#PosiłekDlaLekarza: a new ODF and its partners’ campaign in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus epidemic is affecting all areas of our lives. However, it is most affecting health care, which is at the forefront of the fight against the disease. Doctors and medical staff are currently working at their best, often at the expense of their families and friends. It is primarily on their commitment that our ability to quickly suppress the epidemic will depend. Those hospitalised, and their loved ones, are also in a difficult situation, and are putting their hopes in the health service.

PACE adopts resolution on Poland with ODF’s amendments

PACE adopts resolution on Poland with ODF’s amendments

The 2020 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), held on 27-31 January 2020 in Strasbourg, was dominated by two topics: the returning of voting rights to Russia (which ODF strongly campaigned against), which was suspended following its annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine, and the worsening situation in regard to the rule of law in Poland.

Functioning of democratic institutions in Poland: ODF fights for a resolute PACE report

Functioning of democratic institutions in Poland: ODF fights for a resolute PACE report

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.

David and Goliath: The hazards of digital disinformation

David and Goliath: The hazards of digital disinformation

On December 16, 2019, the conference “David and Goliath: The hazards of digital disinformation” took place at the premises of Fabrica. The event was hosted by the Italian Federation for Human Rights in partnership with Fabrica

“Law and Justice’s Campaign against Polish Judiciary” – ODF’s hearing in the European Parliament

“Law and Justice’s Campaign against Polish Judiciary” – ODF’s hearing in the European Parliament

In light of the ongoing assault on the independence of the judiciary in Poland by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party – and especially the recently-exposed hate campaign against judges and prosecutors, orchestrated by the justice ministry itself – the Renew Europe group and the Open Dialogue Foundation have organised on December 12th, 2019, a European Parliament lunch debate with prosecutors and judges persecuted in Poland.

ODF among signatories of the letter to the President of EC regarding the breach of the rule of law in Poland

ODF among signatories of the letter to the President of EC regarding the breach of the rule of law in Poland

Non-governmental organisations (including the Open Dialogue Foundation) and academics specialising in issues related to the rule of law and the protection of human rights, sent an open letter to the President of the European Commission, in which they call for immediate steps to stop the rapidly growing legal chaos in Poland, including prompt submission in the European Court of Justice, of an application for interim measures in Case C-791/19 Commission v Poland, pending before the Court of Justice. The full content of the letter is presented below.

ODF welcomes persecuted Polish judges and prosecutors in Brussels

ODF welcomes persecuted Polish judges and prosecutors in Brussels

ODF is proud to have organised a high-level mission to Brussels of the most famous “disobedient” Polish judges & prosecutors – the leading victims of the systemic persecution & defamation of the independent judiciary in the country: judges Waldemar Żurek & Dariusz Mazur and prosecutors Krzysztof Parchimowicz & Ewa Wrzosek.

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

New ODF infographic: activities and accomplishments

We defend human rights, democracy and the rule of law. We stepped on the toes of many authoritarian and hybrid regimes which currently conduct targeted propaganda and disinformation campaigns against us. Would you like to form your own opinion? Find out what we have done so far.

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Between Monday 16 and Friday 27 September 2019, representatives of the Open Dialogue Foundation Xheni Dani, Joanna Cuper and Maksym Sytnikov participated in the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held in Warsaw. Our representatives delivered several statements in which they raised is

Gazeta Wyborcza reports on Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s meeting with Emmanuel Macron

Gazeta Wyborcza reports on Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s meeting with Emmanuel Macron

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director who spent five years detained in a Russian prison, and Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, who was expelled from Poland by the Law and Justice government, met in Strasburg with French President Emmanuel Macron. An account of the visi

Oleg Sentsov greets and thanks the Poles

Oleg Sentsov greets and thanks the Poles

On September 27, 2019, Oleg Sentsov thanked the Poles and those who from the very beginning defended not only him, but all Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia and its occupied territories.

ODF organises two side-events at OSCE HDIM 2019

ODF organises two side-events at OSCE HDIM 2019

During the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, ODF will be in Warsaw with a delegation of human rights defenders and activists. The first event will take place on Wednesday 18 at 8:15 in Meeting Room 1.

Farewell to Bogusław Stanisławski

Farewell to Bogusław Stanisławski

It was with deep sorrow and regret that we received the news of the death of Bogusław Stanisławski – our friend, a great man, Board member of the Open Dialogue Foundation in the years 2014-2018.

Application to exclude the Head of the Customs and Tax Office in Lodz

Application to exclude the Head of the Customs and Tax Office in Lodz

On 29 August 2019, we filed a request to exclude the Head of the Customs and Tax Office in Lodz (Pol. Urząd Celno-Skarbowy w Łodzi) due to his violation of Article 121 §1 of the Act of 29 August 1997, Tax Ordinance (Journal of Laws of 2019, item 900, as amended).

Polsat News: Law and Justice party loses to the Open Dialogue Foundation

Polsat News: Law and Justice party loses to the Open Dialogue Foundation

The Voivodeship Administrative Court revoked the decision to refuse Lyudmyla Kozlovska a long-term residence permit in Poland considering that the conclusions drawn by the Internal Security Agency were not rationally based on the evidence they had gathered – Polsat News reports, citing Gazeta Prawna

Poland’s PiS prepares ‘failsafe’​ for October election

Poland’s PiS prepares ‘failsafe’​ for October election

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party doesn’t shy away from the authoritarian playbook to secure their power. While the battle with the European Commission over the rule of law rages on, PiS is discreetly trying to tweak electoral law in their favour.

DGP: Has there been power abuse against Kozlovska?

DGP: Has there been power abuse against Kozlovska?

The audit of the books of account at the Open Dialogue Foundation, requested by Minister Mariusz Kamiński, lasted for over a year. Currently, the case is being looked into by the prosecutor’s office.

Emmanuel Macron writes to Lech Wałęsa re. Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Emmanuel Macron writes to Lech Wałęsa re. Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Despite the news of Lyudmyla Kozlovska having received a residence permit from Belgium, French president Emmanuel Macron has decided to send words of support to former Polish president Lech Wałęsa and – indirectly – to Lyudmyla Kozlovska. The first president of post-communist Poland and Nobel Peace

Hate crimes in Poland in 2018: selected cases

Hate crimes in Poland in 2018: selected cases

According to the analysis of the Ministry of Justice, in the first half of 2018, 890 cases of hate crimes were reported to Polish law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, not all criminal acts motivated by racial, xenophobic, homophobic hatred, etc., are reported to law enforcement authorities.

DGP part 1: Kozlovska’s case. State trash lab [DGP investigations]

DGP part 1: Kozlovska’s case. State trash lab [DGP investigations]

DGP has a full report from the Moldovan Investigation Committee on the Open Dialogue Foundation. The document indicates that Poland might have cooperated on the ODF case with the special services in that country controlled by the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc.

Court finds entry ban on Lyudmyla Kozlovska unjustified

Court finds entry ban on Lyudmyla Kozlovska unjustified

Last Friday, our Foundation‘s office received information that during a meetingbehind closed doors held on 16 April 2019, the Warsaw Administrative Court overturned the decision of the Office for Foreigners on the inclusion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, in SIS.

Bartosz Kramek for Gazeta Wyborcza: PiS, Moldova – a common issue

Bartosz Kramek for Gazeta Wyborcza: PiS, Moldova – a common issue

The Open Dialogue Foundation won the trial with the “Gazeta Polska” magazine, so now editor Tomasz Sakiewicz threatens the judge. And the PiS propaganda attacks the Foundation using a grotesque report of the oligarchic and corrupt parliament of Moldova.

The Lyudmyla Kozlovska Case timeline [updated]

The Lyudmyla Kozlovska Case timeline [updated]

This is a non-exhaustive timeline of events preceding and following the expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, from the EU. This list will be updated as events unfold.

Lyudmyla Kozlovska receives residence permit in Belgium

Lyudmyla Kozlovska receives residence permit in Belgium

ODF is pleased to announce that our President, Ukrainian human rights activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska, exiled from the EU by Polish authorities back in August 2018 to international criticism, has today received a 5-year residence permit in Belgium.

Law and Justice’s campaign against the Open Dialogue Foundation

Law and Justice’s campaign against the Open Dialogue Foundation

Following the coming to power of Jarosław Kaczyński’s Law and Justice party and its president Andrzej Duda in 2015, the state of the rule of law and democracy in Poland steadily deteriorated, as universally acknowledged by the international community, including the first ever… (read more)

Alexis Prokopiev, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés visited Warsaw

Alexis Prokopiev, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés visited Warsaw

Last weekend, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés and a human rights defender – Alex Prokopiev, visited Warsaw. On that occasion, he met the representatives of Polish civil society and took part in a weekly pacific protest held by street opposition activists in defense of the Constitution.

Alexis Prokopiev’s of Russie-Libertés on a short visit to Warsaw

Alexis Prokopiev’s of Russie-Libertés on a short visit to Warsaw

Last weekend, the co-funder of Russie-Libertés and a human rights defender – Alex Prokopiev, visited Warsaw. On that occasion, he met the representatives of Polish civil society and took part in a weekly pacific protest held by street opposition activists in defense of the Constitution.

ODF representatives made a 3-day visit to London

ODF representatives made a 3-day visit to London

A delegation of the Open Dialogue Foundation composed of its President Lyudmyla Kozlovska, Head of the Foundation Board Bartosz Kramek and its Public Affairs Director Marcin Mycielski have just returned to Brussels after a three-day visit to London where they were invited and hosted by KOD UK.

President of ODF delivers speech at the EP on Poland’s entry ban

President of ODF delivers speech at the EP on Poland’s entry ban

On Wednesday 26 September 2018, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, was invited to the European Parliament, in Brussels, by Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group, to deliver her speech on the rule of law and the situation of the civil society in Poland.

In the Bundestag, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation spoke about Poland

In the Bundestag, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation spoke about Poland

Less than a month after Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s expulsion by the Law and Justice government in retaliation for her husband’s (Bartosz Kramek) opposition activity, President of the Open Dialogue Foundation returned to the territory of the European Union. German parliamentarians invited her to a hearing.

Will San Escobar be part of the Three Seas Initiative?

Will San Escobar be part of the Three Seas Initiative?

Today’s words by W. Waszczykowski about Ukraine are significant: “We also immediately stipulated that the Three Seas Initiative applies only to EU countries. Despite Petro Poroshenko’s requests and begging, Ukraine was not invited – even as an observer.

Freedom Square: The case of Lyudmyla Kozlovska is a test of our solidarity

Freedom Square: The case of Lyudmyla Kozlovska is a test of our solidarity

“Many people and organisations from the ‘pro-democratic side of the barricade’ have had dilemmas, or have openly opposed Lyudmyla’s support (…). But it is these very ‘controversies’ around Lyudmyla Kozlovska herself and the ODF that give us a better chance for our test. The solidarity test”.

Ombudsman intervenes on the issue of expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Ombudsman intervenes on the issue of expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska

The Ombudsman Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich raised the matter of President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, whose name has been put in the Schengen Information System by Plish authorities, resulting in a ban on entry on the territory of the European Union.

Kramek in the @Tłit_WP studio: My wife was not surprised by the deportation

Kramek in the @Tłit_WP studio: My wife was not surprised by the deportation

On 23 August, Bartosz Kramek, Head of the Foundation Board, was a guest of Marek Kacprzak, a journalist of Wirtualna Polska, in the @Tłit_WP audition. During the interview, he commented on the expulsion of Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the ODF, from the territory of the European Union.

Ukrainian NGOs call for support for Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Ukrainian NGOs call for support for Lyudmyla Kozlovska

“In our opinion, entering Lyudmyla Kozlovska into the Schengen Information System (SIS) and depriving her of the right to stay within the Schengen area is a dangerous precedent initiating a new way of persecution of civil activists in the EU Member States” – claims a group of Ukrainian NGOs.

European Commission refutes allegations by two MEPs against ODF

European Commission refutes allegations by two MEPs against ODF

The Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) received a letter from the office of Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, providing responses and explanations regarding the two Polish MEPs’ questioning of the legitimacy of ODF’s registration on the Transparency Register

Europe, do not give up on Poland!

Europe, do not give up on Poland!

“Just as in 1980 there could not be freedom without solidarity, today there can not be freedom without the rule of law!” – former President Lech Wałęsa appeals to the European Commission regarding the reform of the Supreme Court in Poland, which will come into force on 3 July 2018.

ODF wins court dispute with Polish MFA once again

ODF wins court dispute with Polish MFA once again

In the dispute with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since August 2017, the Open Dialog Foundation once again defended its position: The Regional Court for the capital city of Warsaw decided to dismiss the Minister of Foreign Affairs’s complaint against the previous decision of the court.

Petra De Sutter: The situation in Poland is unacceptable

Petra De Sutter: The situation in Poland is unacceptable

In the Council of Europe headquarters, the Open Dialog Foundation organized a debate devoted to the situation of the rule of law and civil society in Poland. The event was attended by Belgian parliamentarian Petra De Sutter who, after the debate, shared her thoughts and reflections on her website.

Unprecedented attacks on the Open Dialogue Foundation in Poland

Unprecedented attacks on the Open Dialogue Foundation in Poland

In the light of the recent developments in Poland, one of the most urgent problems is the attack on civil society by governmental administration bodies. Non-governmental organisations, critical of the state authorities have been subjected to unprecedented pressure.

Onet: The Government does not want an Open Dialog

Onet: The Government does not want an Open Dialog

“Currently, there are not regular inspection activities because the system has picked Open Dialog at random but because Minister Kamiński called Minister Waszczykowski and said: “Do something with them” – comments the Head of the Foundation Board Bartosz Kramek.

Debate “Attack against the rule of law and civil society in Poland”

Debate “Attack against the rule of law and civil society in Poland”

On 13.09.2017, at the National Stadium in Warsaw, during the international conference 2017 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting which was an OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights event, we organised a discussion panel on the attack on the rule of law and civil society in Poland.

An appeal from victims of abusive Red Notices – video

An appeal from victims of abusive Red Notices – video

This film was prepared in cooperation with Destination Justice in order to attract attention to the problem of Interpol that is frequently misused by authoritarian regimes. It was screened at our Interpol side event during Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 organised by OSCE ODIHR in Warsaw

Wielowieyski for Gazeta Wyborcza: Open Dialog at a crossroads

Wielowieyski for Gazeta Wyborcza: Open Dialog at a crossroads

I first came across the Open Dialog Foundation in 2011 during OSCE Summit in Warsaw, when, together with MPs of Civic Platform and Law and Justice, the ODF stood up in defence of persecuted pro-democracy activists and miners of Zhanaozen (i.e. crude oil region in Kazakhstan)

Onet publishes a release about the tax and duty inspection at the ODF

Onet publishes a release about the tax and duty inspection at the ODF

“A group of seven inspectors representing the Treasury and Customs Office in Łódź visited the Open Dialog Foundation’s domicile today. The tax ledgers and documents for 2014-2016 were retained for further investigation” – announced Onet on Monday, 7 August.

Marcin Święcicki: The reports on the ODF are false

Marcin Święcicki: The reports on the ODF are false

On 2 August, Marcin Święcicki, MP of the Civic Platform, was a guest on “24 Pytania – Rozmowa Poranka” broadcast on Polskie Radio 24. The main topic discussed by Katarzyna Adamiak-Sroczyńska included the latest right-wing media reports on the Open Dialog Foundation

Krytyka Polityczna: Open Dialog Foundation targeted by pro-government media

Krytyka Polityczna: Open Dialog Foundation targeted by pro-government media

”Spontaneous protests are an organised attempt to overthrow the government, NGOs are agents of organised influences, and Western Europe is degenerated and culturally alien” – similar rhetoric, in the opinion of the author of the article which was published on 1 August 2017 in Krytyka Polityczna

Statement of the Open Dialog Foundation of 23 July 2017

Statement of the Open Dialog Foundation of 23 July 2017

In the published article, B.Kramek expressly emphasised the need to maintain the PEACEFUL nature of the protest actions. We agree that the presented postulates may be perceived as far-reaching and controversial, but the basic premise is articulated directly: LET’S ACT VERY DECISIVELY, BUT WITH NO…

The Donbas SOS visit in Warsaw

The Donbas SOS visit in Warsaw

Representatives of the NGO Donbas SOS (Kyiv, Ukraine), working for the protection of human rights, as well as providing information and humanitarian aid to Ukrainian citizens who suffered during the armed conflict in the eastern part of the country, visited Warsaw.

Developers of mobile application CVRP help schools in the Zone of Exclusion

Developers of mobile application CVRP help schools in the Zone of Exclusion

In January 2017, the Polish company The Farm 51 which develops computer games and applications for VR technology, along with the ODF, sent the first consignment of humanitarian aid for schools that are still attended in the Zone of Exclusion surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Bartosz Kramek for Puls Biznesu: For Ukraine, Poland is the gate to the EU

Bartosz Kramek for Puls Biznesu: For Ukraine, Poland is the gate to the EU

Low living standards, war, corruption – these and other factors prompt Ukrainians to leave their country. Those who decided to start a new life in Poland, increasingly frequently consider establishing a business here. Organisations, such as Open Europe Group, offers them support.

Tygodnik Powszechny about Artur Deska and his help to refugees from the Crimea

Tygodnik Powszechny about Artur Deska and his help to refugees from the Crimea

On the 21st October, “Tygodnik Powszechny” weekly featured an article on the community of Crimean Tartars who in 2014 were forced to leave the Russian occupied peninsula and settled in Drohobych. There, they were looked after by Artur Deska – adviser to the Management Board of the Open Dialog Founda

VR vs War. A new project of The Farm 51, Centre for Civil Liberties and ODF

VR vs War. A new project of The Farm 51, Centre for Civil Liberties and ODF

It will probably be for the first time in history that Ukrainian and Polish non-governmental organisations will make use of state-of-the-art technologies to fight for human rights. The Open Dialog Foundation and the Center for Civil Liberties, together with the Polish IT company The Farm 51, with th

Open Dialog Foundation on the silent protest held on Putin’s birthday

Open Dialog Foundation on the silent protest held on Putin’s birthday

On 07.10.2016, Vladimir Putin’s 64th birthday, activists from Euromaidan Warsaw held a protest against the bloody policy of the President of Russia alongside activists from the ODF. Several dozen people brought along with them portraits of Ukrainian soldiers killed in the war in the Donbas.

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

On 10-14 October 2016, during the 4th plenary session of the PACE, a world-wide #StopPutinsWarInUkraine action will take place and photos of political prisoners and histories of their persecution will be published on social media within the #LetMyPeopleGo campaign.

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

Representatives of the Foundation follow and attend the most important sessions and meetings of the international organizations and institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Vienna and Geneva.

Warsaw premiere of the Chernobyl VR Project

Warsaw premiere of the Chernobyl VR Project

On Friday 1 July, 2016 the National Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw hosted the Polish premiere of the Chernobyl VR Project, created by The Farm 51, a Polish company from the region of Silesia. The project has taken on a new character, initially not foreseen by the creators.

The Vyshyvanka Parade –  integrating and strengthening ties

The Vyshyvanka Parade – integrating and strengthening ties

On 22 May, 2016, participants of the Vyshyvanka Parada, an event, held in the capital city for the fourth time, walked approximately 6 kilometers along the streets of Warsaw. It couldn’t have been missed by members of the Open Dialog Foundation.

Erasmus+ traineeship programme

Erasmus+ traineeship programme

The European Union offers financial support for European students who want to do an internship within the European Union. Any public or private organisations active in the labour market can be the receiving bodies.

Leading Polish media on the Chernobyl VR Project

Leading Polish media on the Chernobyl VR Project

The world premiere of the project developed by the Silesian company The Farm 51, which will be held with the support of the Open Dialogue Foundation in Kyiv on 26 April, 2016, aroused great interest in the Polish media.

A license for our Foundation

A license for our Foundation

On 15 December, 2014, the Minister of Internal Affairs granted to our Foundation, a license for trading in bulletproof vests and helmets. The granting of the license was preceded by the obtainment of a number of positive expert opinions issued, among others, by the Polish special services, which exp

Another visit by ‘Fair Ukraine’ to ‘Ukrainian World’

Another visit by ‘Fair Ukraine’ to ‘Ukrainian World’

On 28 May, our friends from the Terebovlia charity organisation ‘Fair Ukraine’ once again visited us in Warsaw. President Lyubov Soltys agreed to deliver to Kiev aid, collected by the Open Dialog Foundation during the ‘Send a package to a Ukrainian family’ appeal.

Chopin concerts daily at the Ukrainian World

Chopin concerts daily at the Ukrainian World

Every day at 5:30 p.m., the Ukrainian World’s hall will resound with etudes, nocturnes and other works by Chopin performed by Polish and foreign musicians. The event is organised by the Smolna Association in cooperation with the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF).

‘Ukrainian World’ features in a reportage by The Guardian

‘Ukrainian World’ features in a reportage by The Guardian

The news portal theguardian.com wrote about Ukrainians, exiled from their homes by war and poverty, who seek refuge in neighbouring Poland. In Warsaw, refugees find assistance at ‘Ukrainian World’, an aid centre run by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Ukrainian World: Exhibition “I’ll go back, my brothers are there’

Ukrainian World: Exhibition “I’ll go back, my brothers are there’

For over a month – from 21 May to 30 June, the exhibition ‘I’ll go back, my brothers are there’, dedicated to the wounded soldiers fighting in the east of Ukraine, will be open to visitors at ‘Ukrainian World’. The opening of the exhibition was held on 21 May 2015 at 6.00 PM.

Business after Maidan: old problems and new opportunities

Business after Maidan: old problems and new opportunities

A meeting with Ukrainian businessmen – Yuriy Shatynsky and Ihor Haras – was held at Ukrainian World on the 21st April. Yuriy and Ihor are the owners of the Chumak Company which is a leading Ukrainian manufacturer of premium quality furniture.

In Kiev, people pay tribute to the victims of the Smolensk tragedy

In Kiev, people pay tribute to the victims of the Smolensk tragedy

The Open Dialog Foundation and activists from different social organisations have visited the Polish Embassy in Ukraine today in order to light candles and lay flowers in solidarity with the Polish people who suffered from the tragedy five years ago.

Putin’s bikers are to ride across Poland. ODF protests

Putin’s bikers are to ride across Poland. ODF protests

Describing the planned ride by Putin’s bikers across Poland, the interia.pl and niezależna.pl portals provided information about the actions aimed at blocking the entrance of the Night Wolves motorcycle gang undertaken by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Pro bono legal consultations for refugees

Pro bono legal consultations for refugees

On Mondays and Wednesdays, between 1:30-4:30 PM, the Ukrainian World centre (Warsaw, 63 Nowy Swiat Street) will host pro bono legal and civil consultations for refugees. Legal consultations will be provided by Ms. Alla Maievska.

Bartosz Kramek: border areas are most at threat from attacks

Bartosz Kramek: border areas are most at threat from attacks

On TVN24 Biznes i Świat’s “Otwarcie dnia” programme, the Chair of the Foundation’s Council, Bartosz Kramek, talked about the preparations now underway for a new offensive. An invasion may take place during the coming days and weeks, Kramek predicted.

A meeting with Tetiana Kozachenko

A meeting with Tetiana Kozachenko

“The Ukrainian World” in Warsaw held a meeting with a Ukrainian delegation of individuals responsible for lustration. The delegation included both representatives of the government and civil society.

The Maidan Library will have its branch in the Ukrainian World

The Maidan Library will have its branch in the Ukrainian World

The Maidan Library is a social initiative of the Dignity Revolution participants who established it in the Ukrainian House in January 2014. It soon became a major landmark on the Maidan map, a centre of debates and exchanges of ideas.

Collection in Olsztyn

Collection in Olsztyn

On 21 February, thanks to the Municipal Board of the Association of Ukrainians in Poland, a collection was carried out at the ‘Masnytsya’ carnival party in Olsztyn. Our volunteer collected 820 PLN and 30 gr in a specially marked can

The war is on and requires the will to fight too, until we win

The war is on and requires the will to fight too, until we win

The recurring question, whether there will be war or not is a rhetorical one, because the war in Ukraine has been going on for many months now. We may not turn a blind eye to that – a discussion about facts is a waste of time; the situation requires action.

Meeting with V. Portnikov in “Ukrainian World”

Meeting with V. Portnikov in “Ukrainian World”

The ‘Ukrainian World’ centre held a meeting with the famous Ukrainian journalist and publicist, Vitaliy Portnikov, during which he spoke about the inevitable defeat of Russia and the consolidation of the Ukrainian people.

The Ukrainian World: Meeting with V. Portnikov

The Ukrainian World: Meeting with V. Portnikov

The ‘Ukrainian World’ centre held a meeting with the famous Ukrainian journalist and publicist, Vitaliy Portnikov, during which he spoke about the inevitable defeat of Russia and the consolidation of the Ukrainian people

Bartosz Kramek about separatists’ offensive despite the truce

Bartosz Kramek about separatists’ offensive despite the truce

The guests of a special edition of TVP Info were Bartosz Kramek, Chairman of the Open Dialog Foundation and Michał Dworczyk from the Freedom and Democracy Foundation. Besides the concluded truce, commentators also referred to the dubious unanimity of the Member States of the European Union.

Stop the appointment of Shokin

Stop the appointment of Shokin

“The nomination of Shokin is a shock” – shouted the participants of the manifestation in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in Warsaw.

TVN BiŚ: Weapons for Ukraine from Poland? “Definitely”

TVN BiŚ: Weapons for Ukraine from Poland? “Definitely”

Should Poland trade in weapons with Ukraine? –Definitely. The question whether war will break out is a rhetorical one because the war has been going on for many months now – emphasized the Chair of the Open Dialog Foundation’s Council Bartosz Kramek, interviewed by TVN BiŚ.

Plant a park for Nadyia

Plant a park for Nadyia

26th January 2015 will be the day that Poles demonstrate their solidarity with, and support, the Ukrainian Lieutenant and Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, unlawfully imprisoned in Moscow.

Polskie Radio: How can Poland help Ukraine?

Polskie Radio: How can Poland help Ukraine?

How can Poland help Ukraine? only financially? – These questions were answered in the studio of Polish Radio Channel One by, amongst others, representatives of the foundations working in Poland, including Natalia Panchenko of the Open Dialog Foundation.

The exhibition ‘The influence of Structure’

The exhibition ‘The influence of Structure’

“The influence of Structure. I am the world, a huge construction made of small pieces”– is the title of Boris Gavryliuk’s exhibition from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, whose vernissage was held at Ukrainian World.

Freedom for Rafis Kashapov

Freedom for Rafis Kashapov

Nafis Kashapov, a refugee from Tatarstan, demanded on Plac Zamkowy in Warsaw, freedom for his brother Rafis, detained by the FSB in December 2014 having been accused of engaging in “anti-state activities”.

Róża Thun in defence of Muratbek Ketebayev

Róża Thun in defence of Muratbek Ketebayev

At the plenary session in Strasbourg on Monday (12.01), the MEP Róża Thun spoke in defence of the Kazakh activist and oppositionist Muratbek Ketebayev, detained on 27th December 2014 in Madrid. In her intervention, Thun appealed to Spanish MEPs whilst relying on the non-refoulement principle protect

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

The key event in the Warsaw celebration of the anniversary of protests at Maidan was a press conference ‪#‎MyZWami, during which we summed up the efforts made to support Ukraine, organised through the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) and Euromajdan Warsaw over the last year.

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

The key event in the Warsaw celebration of the anniversary of protests at Maidan was a press conference ‪#‎MyZWami, during which we summed up the efforts made to support Ukraine, organised through the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) and Euromajdan Warsaw over the last year.

“ATO Zone – War Zone”

“ATO Zone – War Zone”

The fighting between Ukrainian soldiers and separatists in the east of the country and anti-governmental protests on the Maidan – these and other developments were recorded by the Ukrainian photographer Viktor Gurniak.

Gazeta.pl: Protest in front of Kazakh Embassy

Gazeta.pl: Protest in front of Kazakh Embassy

The portal gazeta.pl reported on a protest by refugees and activists from Kazakhstan, which took place in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Warsaw on Thursday afternoon.

March of Solidarity with Ukraine

March of Solidarity with Ukraine

On Sunday, a March of Solidarity with Ukraine passed through the streets of Warsaw. During the march, its participants paid tribute to the heroes of the Nebesna Sotnya.

Marcinkiewicz explains his participation in a business mission to Kazakhstan

Marcinkiewicz explains his participation in a business mission to Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev’s recent speech and the Polish business mission to Kazakhstan were discussed at the conference on Monday “Nurly Zol – Path to the Future” by Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Poland, Jerik Utembayev. Representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation were also present at the Polish Press Agency, PAP.

Super Nowości 24: Flawless “Perfect” band

Super Nowości 24: Flawless “Perfect” band

The supernowosci24.pl portal published a report on the concert on Saturday “Cooperation without borders – Podkarpacie Region for Ukraine”, which featured, amongst others, a performance by the “Perfect” band, and during which a collection was orgainsed to help Ukrainian refugees.

TVN Uwaga: Who are the Ukrainians residing in Poland?

TVN Uwaga: Who are the Ukrainians residing in Poland?

The Uwaga programme broadcasted, on a TVN channel, reportage on Natalia Panchenko, Chair of EuroMaidan Warsaw and coordinator of the ‘help for Ukraine’ campaign of the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF).

Polish Radio: More tensions in Ukraine

Polish Radio: More tensions in Ukraine

The Polish Radio station reported on more tensions in Ukraine – fights are continuously ongoing in the self-proclaimed republics. The situation was commented upon by the Foundation’s spokesman, Tomasz Czuwara.

Demonstration at the Ministry of National Defence

Demonstration at the Ministry of National Defence

On 31st October, we protested against the supply by France of Mistral assault ships to Russia. The manifestation was held at the Polish Ministry of Defence (MON) on Klonowa Street in Warsaw.

Euro local government 2014 Poland-Ukraine

Euro local government 2014 Poland-Ukraine

On 14th – 16th November, together with the Open Dialog Foundation and the Polish-Ukrainian Business Chamber, the Bemowo Culture Centre is organising a project entitled “Euro local government 2014 Poland-Ukraine”

TVP Rzeszów TV: 42 bulletproof vests going to Ukraine

TVP Rzeszów TV: 42 bulletproof vests going to Ukraine

Regional TV channel, TVP Rzeszów, reported on the shipment of 42 bulletproof vests by the Open Dialog Foundation and how the goods had successfully crossed the border at the Medyka – Sheginy border crossing.

Meeting with Mustafa Dzhemilev

Meeting with Mustafa Dzhemilev

The aid centre for Ukraine and a branch of the Maidan’s Museum ‘Ukrainian World’ were visited on 5th October by Mustafa Dzhemilev, long-term Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

Radio Wnet: Help without flashlights

Radio Wnet: Help without flashlights

Radio Wnet has written about the help provided by Polish foundations and associations to Ukraine, including the activities of the Open Dialog Foundation.

Happy last year!

Happy last year!

On Tuesday, 7th October 2014, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin celebrated his 62nd birthday. On the special occasion, together with EuroMaidan Warsaw, we organised a “birthday party” in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw.

Wyborcza.pl: Warsaw residents wish Putin: “Happy last year”

Wyborcza.pl: Warsaw residents wish Putin: “Happy last year”

Wyborcza.pl: “The average male life expectancy in Russia is 62 years. The last year has started” – a poster with these words aroused the strongest emotions during the picket on Tuesday organised on the occasion of the 62nd birthday of Vladimir Putin.

ODF convoy set out for Ukraine

ODF convoy set out for Ukraine

On Wednesday 8 October, the Ukraiński Świat assistance centre saw the departure of a lorry with aid for refugees and soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine, purchased thanks to funds raised through the broneshylety.com action.

ODF convoy on the move

ODF convoy on the move

On Wednesday 8 October, the Ukraiński Świat assistance centre saw the departure of a lorry with aid for refugees and soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine, purchased thanks to funds raised through the broneshylety.com action.

Action “We support”

Action “We support”

We invite you to participate in the ‘We support’ action, a joint initiative of the Open Dialog Foundation, Norma Wear and the band Kozak System.

ODF on human rights during the OSCE conference

ODF on human rights during the OSCE conference

Starting on Monday, 22nd September, and for the next 2 weeks, government representatives and defenders of human rights will review the fulfilment of the obligations of OSCE member states as regards human rights.

Tvp.pl: Another round of aid for Ukraine

Tvp.pl: Another round of aid for Ukraine

The tvp.pl website, along with the TVP Rzeszów public TV station, reported on the ODF’s volunteers crossing the border with aid for Ukraine. Late Tuesday evening, a group of over 20 volunteers carried 70 helmets across the Polish-Ukraine border.

Changes in Protection Granted to Foreigners

Changes in Protection Granted to Foreigners

On 30th August, the Act of 26 June 2014 on Amending the Act on Granting Foreigners Protection on the Territory of the Republic of Poland and Certain Other Acts came into force.

TVN 24: Ukrainian navigator to be sent to psychiatric ward

TVN 24: Ukrainian navigator to be sent to psychiatric ward

Quoting the sources of the Open Dialog Foundation, TVN 24 informed of the decision of the Voronezh court, which extended the detention of Nadiya Savchenko and ordered the Ukrainian pilot to undergo a “stationary psychiatric expert examination“.

Invited by ODF, Sister of N. Savchenko in Poland

Invited by ODF, Sister of N. Savchenko in Poland

Since the beginning of the week, Vira Savchenko – the sister of the lieutenant of the Ukrainian Army, Nadiya Savchenko, who is currently being detained in a Russian prison, has been staying in Warsaw.

Sister of N. Savchenko in Poland

Sister of N. Savchenko in Poland

Following her receipt of an invitation from the Open Dialog Foundation Vira Savchenko visited Warsaw – the sister of the lieutenant of the Ukrainian Army, Nadiya Savchenko, who is currently being detained in a Russian prison, has been staying in Warsaw.

PAP: Fundraisers for Ukraine all over the country

PAP: Fundraisers for Ukraine all over the country

The Polish Press Agency publicised fundraisers for Ukraine organised throughout Poland. Humanitarian aid is delivered, aside from the Ministry of Defense, also by organisations such as PAH, Caritas and the Open Dialog Foundation.

RDC: Parade and concerts on Ukrainian Independence Day

RDC: Parade and concerts on Ukrainian Independence Day

RDC, the regional broadcasting agency of the Polish Radio, invited the people of Warsaw to paint icons and train in Cossack martial arts and other activities. The event is due to take place on 23rd and 24th August.

Another Shipment Dispatched to Ukraine

Another Shipment Dispatched to Ukraine

As part of our campaign aimed at supporting Ukrainian soldiers and members of the National Guard, broneshylety.com, we have dispatched another shipment of clothing.

“Gazeta Wyborcza” daily:  Helmets detained at Ukrainian border to be returned

“Gazeta Wyborcza” daily: Helmets detained at Ukrainian border to be returned

As the portal wyborcza.pl informs, the helmets seized at the border will be returned to Oleg I., who on June 28th attempted to transport the equipment through the Zosin border crossing point. Wyborcza also follows the Polish Press Agency in describing the issue of 42 bulletproof vests, which the Open Dialog Foundation was to donate […]

Dziennik Polski: Confiscated vests not to protect Ukrainians

Dziennik Polski: Confiscated vests not to protect Ukrainians

In their article of August 12th, Dziennik Polski informs of the confiscation of bulletproof vests purchased by the Open Dialog Foundation. As the author rightly notes, the vests are useless when lying idle in storage, whilst people are dying in Ukraine.

Polskieradio.pl: Polish helmets to go to Ukraine?

Polskieradio.pl: Polish helmets to go to Ukraine?

The Internet portal polskieradio.pl published an article on bulletproof vests and helmets sent to Ukraine in the context of Polish customs blocking the export of such life-saving equipment.

Help for Ukrainian Militaries and National Guards

Help for Ukrainian Militaries and National Guards

Through public collections, we help to equip Ukrainian militaries and the National Guards with basic life and health means – bullet-proof vests, helmets and Celox hemostatic dressings.

Criminal charges for saving lives

Criminal charges for saving lives

The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Zamość presented charges to a Ukrainian citizen who was carrying vests and helmets across the border in Zosin.

Polish media on the “Stop Putin’s Terror” Great March in Warsaw

Polish media on the “Stop Putin’s Terror” Great March in Warsaw

The Polish media reported on the “Stop Putin’s Terror” Great March organised by the Open Dialog Foundation and Euromaidan Warsaw. Around 200 persons with banners and posters marched along the streets of Warsaw in protest against Putin’s policy. In the end, candles were lit in front of the Russian embassy and balloons released – to […]

The Open Dialog Team

The Open Dialog Team

In June the ODF Board gained a new member – Boguslaw Stanislawski, a long-time activist, engaged in defending human rights.

Onet.pl on the shipment of protective equipment to Ukraine

Onet.pl on the shipment of protective equipment to Ukraine

News portal Onet.pl reported a statement from the Ministry of Defence. Minister Siemoniak told TVN 24 that “there is no reason to stop bulletproof vests at the border.” The minister also admitted that these were non-lethal items, serving for protection and not for killing others.

Ngo.pl: Warsaw kicked the dictator’s ball!

Ngo.pl: Warsaw kicked the dictator’s ball!

The Internet portal ngo.pl publishes a report on the event organised by the Open Dialog Foundation on the occasion of 74th birthday of the Kazakhstan president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been ruling the country with an iron fist for 20 years.

Meeting with writers in Chmielna Street

Meeting with writers in Chmielna Street

The Internet portal Rynek Książki invites for a cycle of meetings devoted to literature organized by the Open Dialog Foundation, Teologia Polityczna as well as Foksal Eleven.

Fakt.pl: Smugglers of bulletproof vests and helmets!

Fakt.pl: Smugglers of bulletproof vests and helmets!

As the website Fakt.pl informs – “The Ukrainians are on a massive armaments spree. The tense situation in the country and the lack of real protection against the separatist bandits led the nation to look for alternative ways of coping with the threat.”

IAR: Protests in front of the Russian embassy

IAR: Protests in front of the Russian embassy

Radio News Agency publishes a telegram informing of a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw, organised – among others – by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Yehor Sobolev in Poland

Yehor Sobolev in Poland

Invited by the Open Dialog Foundation and the Institute of National Remembrance, Yehor Sobolev, Head of Ukraine’s Lustration Committee, visited Poland. During his four-day stay (4-7 June) he met with Polish MPs, government officials, journalists and Ukrainians living in Poland.

Aleksandra Gajewska for Espreso.TV on the power of youth in politics

Aleksandra Gajewska for Espreso.TV on the power of youth in politics

Aleksandra Gajewska, Warsaw city councillor and head of ODF’s political affairs
department, talked on Espreso TV about her experience in local government as well as youth involvement in politics and the use of new technology for the sake of political participation.

International Children’s Day at “Ukrainian World”

International Children’s Day at “Ukrainian World”

On Sunday, June 1, Ukrainian World (Ukraiński Świat) in Warsaw celebrated International Children’s Day. The event was organised by the Ukrainian Women’s Club (Клуб українських жінок) and supported by the Nasz Wybór Foundation and the Open Dialog Foundation.

Ruslana Lyzhychko in the Ukrainian World

Ruslana Lyzhychko in the Ukrainian World

A meeting was held in the assistance centre “Ukrainian World “ in Warsaw, between the singer Ruslana Lyzhychko and the Ukrainian community living in Poland. The meeting was organised by the Open Dialog Foundation together with Euromaidan Warsaw.

#WeAreWithYou From The Very Beginning!

#WeAreWithYou From The Very Beginning!

We’ve been actively helping in the development of civil society in Ukraine and the support of pro-European changes in Poland’s eastern neighbouring state for half a year now.

Onet.pl: Competition is on for young Ukrainian and Polish leaders

Onet.pl: Competition is on for young Ukrainian and Polish leaders

The portal onet.pl publishes a telegram by the Polish Press Agency on Hackathon Bridge – Poland to Ukraine competition launch, one organised by the Open Dialog Foundation and Kazimierz Pułaski Foundation on the Polish side, and the Svichado foundation on the Ukrainian side.

Pre-Presidential Election debate in Ukraine

Pre-Presidential Election debate in Ukraine

The EuroMaidan Warsaw and the Open Dialog Foundation co-organised pre-election debate that was held last Sunday (11th May 2014), with representatives of candidates for the Ukraine’s Presidency.

Bartosz Kramek: We may not bury our heads in sand

Bartosz Kramek: We may not bury our heads in sand

Interviewed by Polsat News, Chair of the Foundation’s Council, Bartosz Kramek, talked about the situation before the presidential elections in Ukraine, the separatists’ determination and the engagement of the West in the conflict in Ukraine

Foundation’s Observer on Putin’s Political Games

Foundation’s Observer on Putin’s Political Games

Interviewed by TVN24 Biznes i Świat, Open Dialog Foundation’s observer, Agnieszka Piasecka, estimated the chances of de-escalation of the conflict in relation to the appeal from the Russian Federation’s President to postpone the referendum in the east of Ukraine, planned for 11th May.

Ukrainian World – Help Centre

Ukrainian World – Help Centre

At Nowy Świat No. 63 in Warsaw, the “Ukrainian World” centre has opened. The centre provides Ukrainians living in Poland with legal and psychological assistance.

ODF for wp.pl on the situation in Donetsk

ODF for wp.pl on the situation in Donetsk

On the spirits in Donetsk and the tragic death toll of the recent days as told to the Internet portal Wirtualna Polska by the observer of the Open Dialog Foundation, Katarzyna Kwiatkowska-Moskalewicz.

Wilanów in Concert for Maidan

Wilanów in Concert for Maidan

Precisely one month prior to the presidential elections in Ukraine, on a beach in Wilanów, a charity concert “Wilanów – Majdan. A Common Cause” was held on 25th April, with Polish and Ukrainian bands performing on stage.

RDC: Wilanów – Maidan – Joint Cause

RDC: Wilanów – Maidan – Joint Cause

On their Internet website, Radio Dla Ciebie publishes an invitation to a charity concert to assist the families of victims of Maidan clashes, co-organised by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Gpcodziennie.pl: PLN2000 reward for Maidan flag finder

Gpcodziennie.pl: PLN2000 reward for Maidan flag finder

The Internet edition of Gazeta Polska Codziennie informs of a PLN2000 reward being offered, organised by “Gazeta Polska” Fund and the Open Dialog Foundation, in return for assistance in recovering the Maidan Self-Defence flag which was stolen from a bookstore on Świętokrzyska Street, Warsaw.

NGO.pl: Polish-Ukrainian dialog open

NGO.pl: Polish-Ukrainian dialog open

The Internet portal NGO.pl reports on the actions by the Open Dialog Foundation for Ukraine – Inside the tent, which stood on Maidan for 56 days, approximately 30 volunteers worked for over 560 hours, preparing the reports on the situation in Kyiv

Wysokie Obcasy on the help for Ukraine

Wysokie Obcasy on the help for Ukraine

Wysokie Obcasy, the Gazeta Wyborcza supplement, contains an article about the help for Maidaners provided by Ukrainian women living in Poland.

Adwokatura.pl: Warsaw lawyers help Maidan victims

Adwokatura.pl: Warsaw lawyers help Maidan victims

According to the webpage adwokatura.pl, during the ‘Adwokackie Charytatywne Ostatki Kresowe (Lawyers’ Charitable Borderland Pre-Lent Carnival) in Warsaw over 6 000 PLN was collected in aid of the victims of Kiev’s Maidan.

TVP Warszawa plays alongside us!

TVP Warszawa plays alongside us!

TVP Warszawa reported on a city game organised by the Foundation for Ukraine through its news bulletin. The event involved over 40 people. The first to finish was a team of two from Łódź. Funds in aid of Ukraine were raised during the game.

Krzysztof Bukowski for TVN24 Biznes i Świat

Krzysztof Bukowski for TVN24 Biznes i Świat

Krzysiek Bukowski of the Open Dialog Foundation for TVN24 Biznes i Świat on the situation in the Crimea before the referendum which is to decide about its status:

Polsat News on the city game

Polsat News on the city game

Ewelina Trześniewska and Krzysztof Bukowski spoke on Polsat News about the city game organised to support Ukraine, by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Wp.pl on the humanitarian aid for Ukraine

Wp.pl on the humanitarian aid for Ukraine

The internet service Wirtualna Polska has published a list of activities in support of Ukraine, informing, among other things, about the fund raising conducted by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Musical support for Maidan

Musical support for Maidan

The culture.pl web portal has described the campaign of supporting Ukraine organised by independent musicians.

Statement by the Open Dialog Foundation

Statement by the Open Dialog Foundation

With relation to the ‘Lobbyści oligarchy’ article the Open Dialog Foundation feels obliged to its benefactors and donors as well as anyone and everyone involved in human rights, democracy and rule of law activity, and subsequently wishes to publish the following statement.

Onet: The Open Dialogue Foundation helps injured doctors on EuroMaidan

Onet: The Open Dialogue Foundation helps injured doctors on EuroMaidan

“Berkut – the Ukrainian militia units, adds another dark chapter to its history, with their goals becoming doctors. “The protagonist of Onet reporters, who are in Ukraine, has been the victim of Berkut’s attack. In a video report he tells us that the gunshot fired at him is the one to shoot to anima

About human rights in the Senate

About human rights in the Senate

Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013.

The conference about human rights in the Senate

The conference about human rights in the Senate

Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013. The conference was organised by the Legislative Committee and the Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Petitions Committee.

Happy Birthday, Mr Dictator!

Happy Birthday, Mr Dictator!

On 6 July, 2013, on the initiative of the Open Dialog Foundation, an unusual event associated with the defence of human rights and freedom of speech in Kazakhstan was held.

About Kazakhstan and visa problems in the Polskie Radio 24 (Polish Radio 24)

About Kazakhstan and visa problems in the Polskie Radio 24 (Polish Radio 24)

On 26 April, the Polish Radio 24 hosted Lyudmyla Kozlovska and Bartosz Kramek from the Open Dialog Foundation. The broadcast was held on the occasion of an opening of an international conference in Astana, devoted to the future of the region after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan

The Republic of Kazakhstan does not observe human rights

The Republic of Kazakhstan does not observe human rights

The persecution of political opponents and independent journalists, torture during interrogations, non-compliance with laws and corruption in the justice system – this was the situation observed by representatives of the Polish Bar Council who went on a mission into Kazakhstan

Polish parliamentarians in defence of journalists in Kazakhstan

Polish parliamentarians in defence of journalists in Kazakhstan

Four weeks before the announced visit of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Serik Akhmetov, to Warsaw, Polish politicians from various parties have called on for the cessation of the persecution of independent media in this Central Asian country

Has Kazakhstan changed? – A year after the shootings in Zhanaozen

Has Kazakhstan changed? – A year after the shootings in Zhanaozen

On the 9th of October, 2012, in Warsaw, the European Parliament Information Office in Warsaw held a press conference entitled ‘Has Kazakhstan changed? – A year after the shootings in Zhanaozen’. The conference was dedicated to the court sentence handed down against the leader of the opposition party ‘Alga!’ V. Kozlov. Methods of influence on […]

Invitation to a press conference

Invitation to a press conference

The biggest political trial in which the accused is the main leader of the ‘Alga!’ opposition party, Vladimir Kozlov, is ongoing in Kazakhstan

Press announcement

Press announcement

On Friday, the 31st of August, at 11.30, a press conference will be held in the press centre of the UNIAN information agency (Khreschatyk Str, 4). The conference is entitled: ‘The trial of opposition leader in Kazakhstan, Vladimir Kozlov, in the eyes of Ukrainian observers’

Happening on the birthday of the dictator

Happening on the birthday of the dictator

On the 6th of July, 2012, on the occasion of the 72th birthday of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the theatre group from Lublin prepared an unusual gift for him: a street show performed in Warsaw, in the strict centre of the city

Happening on the birthday of the dictator

Happening on the birthday of the dictator

On Friday, 6 July 2012, in Warsaw at the Centrum Subway Station, young theatre actors will introduce the Kazakhstan-style democracy to the inhabitants of the capital city.

Opening of photo exhibition in Radomsko “Kazakhstan, is it you?”

Opening of photo exhibition in Radomsko “Kazakhstan, is it you?”

On the 24th of July 2011 a photo exhibition “Kazakhstan is it you?” was opened in Radomsko. The organisers of the exhibition are the Open Dialog Foundation and the Office of the Deputy to the Seym, Krzysztof Maciejewski (member of Polish-Kazakhstanian Parliamentary Group)…