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

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

08.06.2020

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

08.06.2020

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?

22.05.2020

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.

We appeal to the independent judges of the Supreme Court

We appeal to the independent judges of the Supreme Court

08.05.2020

On our initiative, on 7 May 2020, several hours before the scheduled election of candidates for the new president of the Polish Supreme Court, experts, judges, prosecutors and NGOs appealed to its judges to continue the fight for independence from political pressure.

Polish Radio executes interim measure re. ODF

Polish Radio executes interim measure re. ODF

06.05.2020

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

05.05.2020

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

29.04.2020

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.

Can the elections in May kill? Interview with Martin Mycielski for Suomen Kuvalehti

Can the elections in May kill? Interview with Martin Mycielski for Suomen Kuvalehti

02.04.2020

Before the announced presidential election on May 10 in Poland, the Director of Public Affairs of the Open Dialogue Foundation Martin Mycielski gave an interview to the Finnish magazine Suomen Kuvalehti, in which he assessed the real chances of conducting safe and constitutional elections.

Poland’s incredulous presidential election

Poland’s incredulous presidential election

30.03.2020

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

Poland’s sham presidential election in a pandemic

Poland’s sham presidential election in a pandemic

27.03.2020

Some 25 countries have decided to postpone their upcoming elections, with the last few – mostly regional or in tiny states – being held in early March.

New billboards with Joanna Liсhoсka’s unparliamentary gesture. “The true face of PiS politicians”

New billboards with Joanna Liсhoсka’s unparliamentary gesture. “The true face of PiS politicians”

03.03.2020

Comments about Joanna Liсhoсka’s inappropriate conduct in the Sejm are not subsiding. The MP had the chance to admire a billboard immortalising her unparliamentary gesture. At present, funds are being raised for the production of new advertising banners. PLN 215,000 – that’s how much money has been donated so far to a fundraising campaign to […]

PACE adopts resolution on Poland with ODF’s amendments

PACE adopts resolution on Poland with ODF’s amendments

04.02.2020

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

03.02.2020

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.

“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

17.12.2019

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 welcomes persecuted Polish judges and prosecutors in Brussels

ODF welcomes persecuted Polish judges and prosecutors in Brussels

16.12.2019

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.

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