The case of entrepreneur Piotr Osiecki and Altus TFI

The case of entrepreneur Piotr Osiecki and Altus TFI

16.02.2022

The below case is an extended version of a case presented in our upcoming report entitled “Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office: Selected Cases of Malicious Prosecution and Dereliction of Duties since 2015”, published with the cooperation of the Themis Judges’ Association, the Racist and Xenophobic Behaviour Monitoring Centre (OMZRiK) and ObyPomoc – Obywatele RP. The GetBack […]

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

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

01.02.2022

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 […]

Bartosz Kramek: Next Target in the Campaign Against the Open Dialogue Foundation in Poland

Bartosz Kramek: Next Target in the Campaign Against the Open Dialogue Foundation in Poland

17.01.2022

1. Summary The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), founded in 2009 in Poland, is a European NGO fighting for human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the post-Soviet area and, more recently, within the EU, focusing on stopping the rise of authoritarianism and the far-right in states like Poland and Hungary. Before 2017 the Foundation was known […]

Taking the Fight against Poland’s Government into the International Arena

Taking the Fight against Poland’s Government into the International Arena

14.12.2021

Read at: https://balkaninsight.com/2021/12/14/taking-the-fight-against-polands-government-into-the-international-arena/

Martin Mycielski for EUobserver: Have the Polish people finally had enough?

Martin Mycielski for EUobserver: Have the Polish people finally had enough?

23.11.2021

After years of mostly ineffective protests against the dismantling of the independent judiciary, human-rights standards, relationship with the EU and, finally, against the ongoing deaths of migrants at the Belarus border, you’d be excused for thinking Poles must have lost hope. Indeed, some on the pro-European side of the expert circles fear Polish democracy might […]

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

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

06.11.2021

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, […]

Malicious Prosecution by the Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office

Malicious Prosecution by the Polish Public Prosecutor’s Office

16.08.2021

Since the Law and Justice (PiS)-led United Right coalition (composed of PiS and its two minor partners – Solidarna Polska and Porozumienie) took power in 2015, we have witnessed an unprecedented level of politicization of the public prosecution service that 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 against those regarded as opponents of the government. The continuous changes to the criminal justice system (Criminal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Law on the Prosecutor’s Service) expand the powers of the prosecution, amplifying the so-called inequality of arms between the sides of the criminal proceedings and a general repressiveness of the system.

Report: Hate crimes in Poland in 2020

Report: Hate crimes in Poland in 2020

10.08.2021

The fear of refugees helped the Law and Justice to win the parliamentary elections of 2015. At that time, the party used to expressly promote its anti-immigration philosophy, which was soon reflected by the growing ratio of assaults on the grounds of racism and xenophobia.

Bartosz Kramek: a bogus criminal investigation and arrest in Poland

Bartosz Kramek: a bogus criminal investigation and arrest in Poland

27.07.2021

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) is a human rights NGO established in 2009 in Poland, with its headquarters in Brussels since 2018. Before 2017 the Foundation was known in Poland for its support delivered to Ukraine during the Euromaidan revolution and in response to Russian aggression. In 2017 the NGO took a stance in defence […]

A trap. Interview with Bartosz Kramek for the ‘Asymetryści’ website

A trap. Interview with Bartosz Kramek for the ‘Asymetryści’ website

25.07.2021

The Head of the Open Dialogue Foundation Board has been hunted by Poland’s secret services ever since he posted an online manifesto calling for a peaceful overthrow of the authoritarian rule of the PiS party. The foundation, which has gained recognition for its fight for human rights and democracy in post-Soviet countries, had to move […]

Belgian Senator Mark Demesmaeker writes a letter in support of ODF Board member Bartosz Kramek

Belgian Senator Mark Demesmaeker writes a letter in support of ODF Board member Bartosz Kramek

20.07.2021

In a letter addressed to the government of Belgium, Senator Mark Demesmaeker, member of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) and formerly Member of the European Parliament, has expressed his support for Bartosz Kramek and his opposition to the senseless and politically motivated persecution carried out by the Polish government against him and the Open Dialogue […]

Bartosz Kramek’ case. Italian senator on the intervention of the secret services spokesman: I have never seen anything like it

Bartosz Kramek’ case. Italian senator on the intervention of the secret services spokesman: I have never seen anything like it

17.07.2021

– At first I was sure it was a joke,” said Roberto Rampi in an interview with Onet. The Italian senator was one of the people to whom the spokesman of the coordinator of the special services, Stanisław Żaryn, wrote explaining the detention of social activist Bartosz Kramek from the Open Dialogue Foundation. According to […]

Kramek, you’ll never walk alone. Why does the arrest come now?

Kramek, you’ll never walk alone. Why does the arrest come now?

16.07.2021

19 people came to the District Court in Lublin to post PLN 300 thousand bail for Bartosz Kramek. – As I was leaving the jail, a prison guard wished me “good luck fighting the regime”. — I am grateful to all those who vouched for me, verbally and financially. Thank you and let’s keep fighting. […]

They stood up for Bartosz Kramek. Stanisław Żaryn replies to the letter, shocking its addressees

They stood up for Bartosz Kramek. Stanisław Żaryn replies to the letter, shocking its addressees

15.07.2021

The detention of Bartosz Kramek, the husband of the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, by the Internal Security Agency, has caused an outrage. Mateusz Morawiecki, Zbigniew Ziobro and Mariusz Kamiński received an international appeal for the release of the human rights activist, to which the spokesman for the minister coordinator of special […]

President Lech Wałęsa’s appeal to release Bartosz Kramek

President Lech Wałęsa’s appeal to release Bartosz Kramek

14.07.2021

We are writing to express our deep concern about the detention of Mr Bartosz Kramek, a Polish activist and the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF), a Poland-based international NGO on the frontlines of the fight for the rule of law in the country.

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