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Court refused to arrest Józef Pinior

2016/12/21

Józef Pinior, who is a legend of Solidarity, will not be arrested. District court in Poznań did not take into account the prosecution’s  complaint, who requested the 3 months arrest. The judge however considered possible the likelihood of corruption offences in that case. Three judges were unanimous. The defender highlights, that the main objective of the prosecution was the arrest itself.

Pinior in court was accompanied by dozens of members of KOD (The Committee for the Defence of Democracy), former members of democratic oppositions – i.a. Henryk Wujec, Danuta Kuroń, Paula Sawicka (head of the Program Board of Association Against Anti-Semitism And Xenophobia Open Republic), Mieczysław Grudziński, and members of the Theatre of the Eighth Day with Ewa Wójciak, prof. Anna Wolff-Powęska. All of them had the stickers on their clothes: “Pinior today, You tumorrow”.

Danuta Kuroń has submitted to the court over 300 registered guarantees for Pinior, signed i.a. by prof. Maria Janion, prof. Andrzej Friszke, Danuta Wałęsowa, prof. Jerzy Jedlicki (honorary chairman of the Program Board of our assoctiation, Zbigniew Janas, Helena Łuczywo, Wiktor Osiatyński, Aleksander Smolar, Eugeniusz Smolar and the members of the Management and Program Board of Open Republic.

The approach of Białystok prosecutors to hate crime

2016/12/18

The Sermon on “Jewish passivity” was not antysemitic – priest Międlar has appealed to the Bible. ONR did not incitimate to “hanging Zionists”, though it is heard on the recordings. Neo-Nazis did not celebrate under burning swastika, but under Slavonic Symbol. All the mentioned justifications come from the same prosecutors – The District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Białystok.

Międlar’s case was closed together with ONR shouts “On trees instead of leaves, will be hanging Zionists”, which were recorded by TVN24.In the meanwhile, Prosecutor Czeszkiewicz stated that the recording prove that the words have been shouted. When Open Republic and few other persons filed the complaints against the decision, the prosecution did not approve them because they were filed by “unauthorized persons”. read moreread more…

The plague in Bedoń Przykościelny

2016/12/16

Bedoń Przykościelny is a town located in the Łódź region, in the municipality of Andrespol. On its territory there is a plague, in case of which we had intervened in 2012. Near the church of Our Lady the Queen of Poland, among many others there is the one that is considered shocking and painful to many people. The text on the plague says: ‘BYDGOSZCZ, JEDWABNE, KONIUCHY I NALIBOKI (1.09.1939; 17.09.1939; years 1943-1944). National minorities in Poland: German, Jewish, Ukrainian – by execution and denunciation condemned Polish people to death, Sybir deportation, concentration camp, expulsion from home, country, to forced labour and persecution. For the good of Soviet and German invaders they betrayed Poland. God, teach us how to forgive.’ read moreread more…

Prof. Krzemiński about the Polish approach to the refugees

2016/12/15

The drama of the citizens of Aleppo continues, while Poland is the only UE country that haven’t received a single Syrian refugee. – This will affect the Polish – says in Gazeta Wyborcza prof. Ireneusz Krzemiński, who lectures sociology at the University of Warsaw and is a Member of the Program Board of Association Against Anti-Semitism And Xenophobia Open Republic. He also points out the approach of the Catholic Church – This is a true disaster during the proclaimed by Pope Francis the Year of Mercy – says prof. Krzemiński and adds, that being a catholic in Poland does not mean, that a person is sensitive to the harm of others. The program may be watched at www.wyborcza.pl.

The drama in Aleppo

2016/12/15

The situation in Aleppo is getting worse and worse every hour. Eastern districts of the city are being continuously bombarded, while the Syrian civils are trying to escape from the city. We still can (and we must!) help the victims of this war. Let’s appeal our government to open the humanitarian corridor, accepting all the injured and necessitous, among whom are kids and women, older people and disabled, who require immediate medical care and at least basic protection.

The example of the letter and addresses where to send it can be found there.

Let’s also appeal to support the organizations, who provide the necessary help to the victims of the war in Syria:
Caritas Polska
White Helmets
Polska Akcja Humanitarna (PAH)
Polskie Centrum Pomocy Międzynarodowej (PCPM)
UNICEF Poland
Fundacja Wolna Syria

Open Republic among the opponents of the amendment to the Law on Assemblies

2016/12/14

Association Against Anti-Semitism And Xenophobia Open Republic, among other 193 polish NGO, signed an appeal to the President of the Republic of Poland to veto the amendment to the  Law on Assemblies, as it is against the Constitution of the Republic of Poland and ratified international agreements.

2nd of December 2016 r. the Seym adopted an amendment to the Law on Assemblies. During the works on the amendment the voice of numerous NGOs was completely ignored and remained unheard. At the very beginning, there was a paragraph giving the priority to the assemblies organized by public authorities and churches. The Senate during the works on the amendments removed the paragraph giving that priority, giving priority only to periodic assemblies. The Law was delivered to the President and is still limiting the equality among the citizens and the freedom of speech. read moreread more…

Citizens Observatory of Democracy

2016/12/13

Citizens Observatory of Democracy keeps track of reactions from civil society organisations, legal and other professionals, academics and citizens to changes to legislation that affect civil rights and liberties, democratic rule of law and political system.

The Observatory is a joint initiative of non-governmental organisations that promote respect for and protection of human rights, transparency and accountability of public administration and advocate for a better quality of legislation.

We encourage you to follow the website www.obserwatoriumdemokracji.pl

Newsletter of Citizens Observatory of Democracy

2016/11/30

Citizens Observatory of Democracy website is a source of information about the current legal changes in Poland that affect rule of law, civil rights and liberties and fundaments of democratic system. The Observatory website presents reviews, legal analyses, opinions, statements and position papers of the representatives of civil society to the legislative activity of the Polish authorities.

The Observatory is a joint initiative of civil society organisations that promote respect for and protection of human rights, transparency and accountability of public administration and advocate for a better quality of legislation. [Read more]

Documents in English are available on the Observatory website.

EGAM Annual Meeting

2016/11/30

On November 24 – 27 2016 the Annual Meeting of EGAM (European Grassroots Antiracist Movement), association of European human rights organizations, to which the Open Republic belongs, was held in Warsaw.

During the four-days meeting activists from all Europe, but also from other countries, discussed the subjects connected with human rights protection and activity of their organizations. Among numerous points on the agenda two issues require special mentioning – international consultations in the Parliament and public debate in POLIN museum. read moreread more…

Anthropologists about discrimination

2016/11/28

On November 23, 2016 the Extraordinary Meeting of Polish Ethnologists and Anthropologists entitled Anthropology against Discrimination was held in Poznań. One of the speakers was Professor Krzysztof Podemski representing Institute of Sociology of Adam Mickiewicz University and being a member of the Open Republic’s Management Board. He said: „I am concerned about the fact that Poland – once a multi-cultural country – is now one of the most homogenous countries. Vast majority of Poles has no multi-cultural experience. We should promote versatility. We speak about tolerance and anti-discrimination, and we should speak about affirmation of multi-cultural approach, we should make people realize that multi-culture is an enrichment of our society’s culture”.