Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

Germany, as one of the founding members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), creates standards for global financial policy to comply with anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules; FATF Recommendations lead to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NPOs) to be defined as high-risk organisations by financial institutions, thereby by default opening the […]

A court has dropped the case against the authors of a campaign that used an image of the Law and Justice MP Joanna Lichocka showing the middle finger

A court has dropped the case against the authors of a campaign that used an image of the Law and Justice MP Joanna Lichocka showing the middle finger

In March 2021, Joanna Lichocka filed a bill of indictment against Marcin Mycielski and Bartosz Kramek (Spontaniczny Sztab Obywatelski), who organised an online campaign to raise funds for the publication of billboards posters. An image of the MP appeared on them, together with a description suggesting that her gesture was aimed at cancer sufferers. According […]

MP Lichocka’s famous gesture. Court discontinues proceedings

MP Lichocka’s famous gesture. Court discontinues proceedings

The Warsaw-Śródmieście District Court discontinued criminal proceedings against the authors of a billboard campaign that used the image of Law and Justice MP Joanna Lichocka. The high-profile case concerns a billboard campaign in Poland featuring a photo of Joanna Lichocka allegedly showing her middle finger in the Sejm during a vote on the allocation of […]

Joanna Lichocka’s middle finger on billboards. Criminal lawsuit discontinued

Joanna Lichocka’s middle finger on billboards. Criminal lawsuit discontinued

The Warszawa-Śródmieście District Court has closed the criminal lawsuit that Law and Justice MP Joanna Lichocka filed against activists Marcin Mycielski and Bartosz Kramek in relation to billboards showing an extended middle finger. Marcin Mycielski and Bartosz Kramek (Spontaniczny Sztab Obywatelski) prepared a poster reminding us that Joanna Lichocka showed the opposition MPs the middle […]

Lichocka loses billboard gesture case

Lichocka loses billboard gesture case

The Law and Justice (PiS) MP Joanna Lichocka demanded punishment for the initiators of a poster campaign with a photo of her showing the opposition in the Sejm her middle finger. The court has just dropped the case. It ruled that there was no defamation of the MP. It was “acceptable criticism”. Martin Mycielski, Vice-President […]

Civil society, national parliaments and transnational organisations. Hearing at WHDC 2023

Civil society, national parliaments and transnational organisations. Hearing at WHDC 2023

As part of the 2023 Warsaw Human Dimension Conference of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, on October 6th, 2023, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) organised a side event on “Integrating civil society in the work of national parliaments”. Our Supervisory Board Chair, Bartosz Kramek, was invited to provide input based […]

Showing Humanitarian Face of Bitcoin at Central Bankers’ Forum

Showing Humanitarian Face of Bitcoin at Central Bankers’ Forum

The Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) was invited to the May 2023 Digital Currency Conference (DCC) in Mexico City, a high-profile gathering for central bankers, bankers, and the financial services industry, to discuss the role of digital currency in times of crisis and humanitarian aid. ODF’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Katarzyna Szczypska, argued in her closing keynote […]

Kazakhstan: unprecedented acts of the regime’s terror against civilians and the Russian-led CSTO’s military intervention

Kazakhstan: unprecedented acts of the regime’s terror against civilians and the Russian-led CSTO’s military intervention

This report is based on data, video and photo materials from eyewitnesses, activists, human rights defenders, peaceful protesters from more than 60 cities and villages in Kazakhstan, where protests were held. It also contains references to statements of the US, the EEAS, international organisations such as the UN, the OSCE, media outlets. In order to ensure safety of eyewitnesses, their names are not mentioned. Co-authors of this report, Raigul Sadyrbayeva and Aiya Sadvakasova, have been arrested under politically motivated criminal cases for their human rights activities. The authors of this report express their gratitude for all informants and volunteers, who contributed to this report despite risking their lives and freedom. The authors of the report extend their condolences to families, relatives and friends of those who lost their lives during these mass repressions. We strongly believe that the truth must be unravelled and perpetrators must be held accountable.

ODF and 10 partners release an appeal about protests in Kazakhstan

ODF and 10 partners release an appeal about protests in Kazakhstan

On 5 January 2022, 10 Human Rights NGOs, including the Open Dialogue Foundation, issued an appeal on the current protests taking place in Kazakhstan. Against the backdrop of the massive street protests against the government and the Nazarbayev regime, which were met with widespread repression, ODF and its partners have condemned the government’s violence and […]

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

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

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 […]

Political prisoners and victims of political persecution in Kazakhstan

Political prisoners and victims of political persecution in Kazakhstan

1.  Introduction Tokayev’s deaf state After Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took over as President of Kazakhstan in 2019, he announced plans to implement the concept of a “listening state”, which means “supporting and strengthening civil society”. In September 2020, Tokayev stated that a priority issue for him was to “adopt new measures to protect human rights in […]

#ActivistsNotExtremists

#ActivistsNotExtremists

The purpose of the coalition and Facebook group #ActivistNotExtremists is to collect information and organise legal and humanitarian aid for all those who have been politically persecuted for participating in peaceful protests in Kazakhstan. The monitoring is a part of the civil society control for the implementation of the international obligations undertaken by the Kazakhstani […]

MP Lichocka demands apology for billboards with “Lichocka’s gesture”

MP Lichocka demands apology for billboards with “Lichocka’s gesture”

MP Joanna Lichocka is demanding an apology from the organisers of a public fundraiser that resulted in several hundred billboards showing her vulgar gesture being put up across the country. “The MP has ended her political and media quarantine and decided to remind Poles of her friendly greeting,” respond the organisers of the fundraiser. Recall: […]

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