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Council of Europe: Erosion of rule of law threatens human rights protection in Poland

16 June 2016

On 15 June, Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, said that erosion of rule of law threatens human rights protection in Poland. He made this statement during a press conference in Warsaw in which he presented a report based on his visit to Poland carried out last February.

"Recent far-reaching changes to Poland’s legal and institutional framework threaten human rights and undermine the rule of law, on which the protection of human rights ultimately depends. Lawmakers and the Government should urgently change course", said Nils Muižnieks.

The Commissioner is particularly concerned by the prolonged paralysis of the Constitutional Tribunal which "bears heavy consequences for the human rights protection of all Polish citizens and prevents human rights proofing of legislation". He called on the Polish authorities to urgently find a way out of the current deadlock, stressing that "the rule of law requires that any solution be based on respect for and full implementation of the judgments of the Tribunal".

Adapted from the Council of Europe

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