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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.

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.

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.

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.

ODF in the EP in Strasbourg: the Fall of Sandu’s Government in Moldova

ODF in the EP in Strasbourg: the Fall of Sandu’s Government in Moldova

On December 18-19, 2019, the Open Dialogue Foundation’s team, together with human rights defenders from Moldova, conducted very constructive meetings in the European Parliament in plenary session in Strasbourg. The delegation consisted of Ana Ursachi, attorney prosecuted for political reasons, Stefan Gligor, co-founder and Justice and Advocacy Program Director at the Center for Policies and Reforms, Stella Juntuan, activist and former member of the Moldovan parliament, Grigore Petrenco, political refugee in Germany and leader of the Red Bloc opposition party, and was led by our colleague Martin Mycielski, Public Affairs Director at ODF.

“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.

Unprecedented and unacceptable cooperation between Belgian authorities and Kazakhstan’s authoritarian regime

Unprecedented and unacceptable cooperation between Belgian authorities and Kazakhstan’s authoritarian regime

On October 1, 2019, at Kazakhstan’s mutual assistance request, Belgian police conducted a warrantless search (sic!) of Kazakh political refugee and lawyer, Botagoz Jardemalie’s apartment in Brussels. The officials seized numerous electronic devices and documents, which included privileged and confidential work relating to her advocacy as a human rights lawyer. One of the most worrying […]

ODF, CCL & FIDU at PACE: strengthening international human rights mechanisms

ODF, CCL & FIDU at PACE: strengthening international human rights mechanisms

During the last PACE Autumn session (30-4 October), together with the Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) we had the pleasure to host: Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker recently released from Russian custody; Kazakhstani human rights defenders Bota Jar

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

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.

MEPs address HR/VP Mogherini on the case of dismissed judge Malik Kenzhaliyev

MEPs address HR/VP Mogherini on the case of dismissed judge Malik Kenzhaliyev

Last Tuesday, on February 19th, a group of Members of EP constituted by Ana Gomes, Barbara Lochbihler, Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Tunne Kelam, Elmar Brok, Patricia Lalonde, Brando Benifei and Julie Ward, addressed a letter to Federica Mogherini, concerning the removal of judge from office in Kazakhstan.

Russia: Stop the prosecution of lawyers and human rights defenders

Russia: Stop the prosecution of lawyers and human rights defenders

Lev Ponomaryov and Emil Kurbedinov were subjected to shocking cases of administrative arrest for posting on social networks. In this way, the authorities continue to apply the policy of intimidation and punishment of individuals who dare criticise the actions of the regime.

MEPs decry attacks against independent lawyers, activists and judges in Moldova

MEPs decry attacks against independent lawyers, activists and judges in Moldova

On April 9, 2018, MEPs – Jaromír Štětina, Julie Ward, Tomáš Zdechovský – addressed the Ministry of Justice and General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Moldova with regard to the attacks currently being organised against independent lawyers, pro-reform activists, and judges in the country.

MEPs write to the EU VP/HR concerned with lawyers endangered in Azerbaijan

MEPs write to the EU VP/HR concerned with lawyers endangered in Azerbaijan

On March 13, 2018, MEPs submitted a written question to the EU VP/HR, Ms Federica Mogherini, on the harassment and persecution of lawyers taking place in Azerbaijan. In their address, P. Auštrevičius, J. Ward and T. Zdechovský made reference to individual cases of persecuted lawyers.

Moldova: Prosecution of counsel Ana Ursachi

Moldova: Prosecution of counsel Ana Ursachi

Counsel Ana Ursachi represents the interests of numerous opponents of the powerful oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc who exerts influence on the judiciary and law enforcement agencies of Moldova and may be involved in her unlawful criminal prosecution.