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Poland/L4L/CCBE/ICJ: HDIM 2017 Side event: Lawyers Need Legal Protections too

September 19, 2017

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Justice International (JI), Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) worked together to bring a panel of experts, lawyers and human rights defenders to discuss the important role lawyers play while performing all of their professional functions in challenging conditions under intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference. –> http://bit.ly/2ffZJuq

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 (HDIM)
“Lawyers Need Legal Protections too: Human Rights Lawyers Working in Challenging
Environments”

Warsaw National Stadium (PGE Narodowy), Aleja Poniatowskiego 1, GATE 1, 2nd floor
September 20, 2017, Room 1, 13:15-14:45

Refreshments will be provided

Panel Speakers: 

Maria Slazak  Moderator, Former President of CCBE
Temur Shakirov Legal Adviser, International Commission of Jurists
Olga Salamatova           Legal Expert, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Anara Ibraeva Lawyer from Kazakhstan, Public Association “Dignity”
Nikolai Polozov Lawyer from the Russian Federation, working in Crimea
Farangis Zikriyaeva Lawyer from Tajikistan, Human Rights Matter
Ruslan Myatiev Human rights defender living in exile, Alternative Turkmenistan News
Dmitry Tihonov Human rights defender from Uzbekistan living in exile

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/12853/hdim-2017-side-event-lawyers-need-legal-protections-too/

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Venezuela/Turkey/Poland: Ces magistrats qui défient des régimes autoritaires

le 25 août, 2017

Quelques cas emblématiques de magistrats qui, comme l’ex-procureure vénézuélienne Luisa Ortega, se sont dressés contre des régimes autoritaires dans le monde.

– Pologne: la Cour suprême en ligne de mire –

La présidente de la Cour suprême polonaise Malgorzata Gersdorf s’élève contre des réformes judiciaires de la majorité conservatrice, contestées par des manifestations massives et qui pourraient déclencher des sanctions de l’Union européenne.

– Turquie: plus de 4.000 magistrats radiés –

Depuis le putsch manqué du 15 juillet 2016, le gouvernement turc a lancé des purges d’une ampleur inédite, avec le limogeage ou la suspension de plus de 140.000 personnes dont plus de 4.000 juges, procureurs et autre membres du ministère de la Justice.

Aydin Sefa Akay, l’un des magistrats du Mécanisme pour les tribunaux internationaux des Nations unies (MTPI), a été condamné en mai en à sept ans et demi de prison pour appartenance à la mouvance du prédicateur Fethullah Gülen, accusé d’avoir ourdi la tentative de putsch.

Le juge, qui nie farouchement les accusations, a été condamné en raison de la présence sur son téléphone de l’application de messagerie cryptée Bylock, utilisée selon les autorités par les putschistes. Il est libre en attendant l’appel, interdit de sortie du territoire.

En 2014, le gouvernement avait déjà procédé à des milliers de mutations de magistrats après l’éclatement d’un scandale de corruption éclaboussant le régime du Premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ce dernier a accusé le prédicateur Gülen d’être à l’origine des accusations et d’avoir comploté pour provoquer sa chute.

http://www.boursorama.com/actualites/ces-magistrats-qui-defient-des-regimes-autoritaires-1ca525d2d9138a0b1136ba4871ede09b

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/225963-Judges-who-took-on-authoritarian-regimes (ENGLISH)

Poland: Protests in Warsaw as government moves on courts

July 22, 2017

Bogdan Klich looked on as hundreds of protesters confronted a long line of impassive police officers ringing the Polish parliament. It was early Friday morning, not long after midnight, and Klich seemed a man in his element.

It wasn’t the first time the 57-year-old minority leader of the Polish senate had taken on his government. Klich led student strikes in 1980 and joined the underground opposing communist martial law later that decade. What he hadn’t expected was having to return to the streets again, 27 years after Poland’s break with communism.

“I always felt Polish democracy was based on strong foundations, and that no one would try to overturn that,” he said, as a small group of demonstrators called him over, worried the police might try to remove them. “I was wrong,” he said.

Hours earlier, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw and other Polish cities to protest the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party’s effort to impose tighter political controls over the judicial system. The lower house of parliament, where PiS has a majority, adopted a law Thursday that would force all Supreme Court judges into retirement except those selected by the justice minister.

http://www.politico.eu/article/protests-in-warsaw-as-government-moves-on-courts/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/22/polish-senate-approves-bill-to-give-government-influence-over-courts

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/21/europe/poland-judicial-bill-pass-upper-house/index.html

https://www.ft.com/content/8ddc360a-6e0d-11e7-b9c7-15af748b60d0

https://www.economist.com/news/europe/21725333-question-whether-eu-will-do-anything-about-it-polands-government-putting-courts

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/22/538773014/critics-say-new-poland-law-dissolves-separation-of-judiciary-and-ruling-party

https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/07/272791.htm

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS/HR_Letters/EN_HR_20170718_Letter-to-His-Excellency-A-Duda-regarding-adopted-amendments-to-the-Polish-Act-on-the-National-Council-of-the-Judiciary-and-the-Act-Law-on-Common-Courts-Organisation.pdf

http://information.tv5monde.com/info/reforme-de-la-justice-en-pologne-tusk-juge-deplorable-la-cooperation-avec-bruxelles-182304 (FRANCAIS)

http://fr.euronews.com/2017/07/21/pologne-vote-reforme-cour-supreme-manifestations-union-europeenne (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/europe/reforme-de-la-justice-en-pologne-lech-walesa-rejoint-les-protestations-contre-la-loi-sur-la-cour-supreme-en-pologne-938254.aspx (FRANCAIS)

http://www.rfi.fr/europe/20170722-pologne-casse-tete-commission-europeenne-tusk-duda-cour-supreme (FRANCAIS)

Poland: EU threatens Poland with sanctions as judiciary stand-off escalates

July 19, 2017

The European Union on Wednesday warned Poland’s right-wing government to put on hold controversial reforms to the country’s courts or risk unprecedented sanctions.

In a worsening 18-month standoff between Warsaw and Brussels, the European Commission said Poland’s draft reforms could have a “very significant negative impact on the independence” of the courts.

“We are very close to triggering article seven,” Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans told a press conference in Brussels, following a high-level meeting on the issue.

If article seven of the EU treaty is activated — and the matter could be discussed as early as next week — Poland could see its voting rights suspended in the council of ministers, the EU’s highest decision-making body.

But it was not immediately clear whether the commission could muster the support required from the other 27 member countries, particularly from Poland’s ally Hungary.

Timmermans said the stakes were high as “these laws considerably increase the systemic threats to the rule of law in Poland.”

http://www.france24.com/en/20170719-european-union-threatens-poland-with-sanctions-over-judicial-shake-court?ref=fb_i&utm_utm_medium=facebook

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/07/20/poland-draft-law-threatens-supreme-court

http://www.uianet.org/en/content/independence-judiciary-threatened-poland#.WXCmf1CDuag.facebook

http://www.dw.com/en/polish-lawmakers-pass-controversial-supreme-court-bill/a-39773625

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/independent-judiciary-underpins-rule-of-law-in-poland/

http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-in-poland-after-controversial-supreme-court-bill-passed/a-39773625

http://www.france24.com/fr/20170719-union-europeenne-pologne-ordre-reformes-judiciaires-justice-pis-timmermans (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2017/07/20/la-pologne-denonce-un-acte-politique-de-la-commission-europeenne_5162783_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.france24.com/fr/20170720-pologne-parlement-adoption-reforme-controversee-cour-supreme-donald-tusk-andrzej-duda?ref=fb_i (FRANCAIS)

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20170720.OBS2378/la-pologne-se-transforme-en-pays-autoritaire-et-anti-democratique.html (FRANCAIS)

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Planowane zmiany w ustawie o Krajowej Radzie Sądownictwa, ustroju sądów powszechnych oraz Sądzie Najwyższym godzą w konstytucyjną zasadę podziału władzy. Wspieraj nasze działania w obronie praw człowieka w Polsce i kup symboliczną cegiełkę na http://sklep.amnesty.org.pl/

(Amnesty International Polska Facebook)

Poland: Poland MPs back controversial judiciary bill

July 15, 2017

Judges of the Polish Constitutional Court. File photo

Opposition parties and human rights groups say this would erode the independence of the judiciary.

The governing Law and Justice party says the reforms are needed because the judiciary is corrupt and serves only the elite.

The bill must now be signed by the president in order to become law.

A demonstration against the changes is scheduled to take place in the capital Warsaw on Sunday.

Since it came to power in 2015, the government of the conservative, populist Law and Justice party (PiS), has passed a series of controversial reforms, triggering mass protests.

Polish senators backed the legislation in a vote in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Earlier this week, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro had argued that the changes were necessary because the current system of appointing judges was undemocratic.

“We want to end corporatism and introduce the oxygen of democracy there. Because Poland is a democracy based on the rule of law.

“This is not court-ocracy,” the minister said.

But opposition parties are concerned that the law would give parliament – dominated by PiS lawmakers – a greater say in appointing judges, violating the constitutional separation of powers.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40617406

http://www.dw.com/en/polands-government-seeks-total-control-of-the-court-system/a-39702171

http://www.politico.eu/article/pis-polands-point-of-no-return/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40622896

https://www.amnesty.fr/presse/pologne-une-nouvelle-loi-compromet-lindpendance-du (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_le-senat-polonais-approuve-deux-reformes-controversees-du-systeme-judiciaire?id=9661183 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2017/07/13/la-hongrie-et-la-pologne-a-nouveau-mises-en-cause-sur-les-libertes-a-bruxelles_5160284_3214.html (FRANCAIS)

http://fr.euronews.com/2017/07/16/pologne-dans-la-rue-au-nom-de-la-democratie (FRANCAIS)

http://www.polskieradio.pl/5/3/Artykul/1789402,Protest-przed-Sejmem-Opozycja-przeciwko-zmianom-w-sadownictwie  (POLISH)

http://www.superstacja.tv/wiadomosc/2017-07-16/opozycja-protestowala-przed-sejmem-przeciw-planom-zmian-w-sadownictwie/  (POLISH)

http://tvnwarszawa.tvn24.pl/informacje,news,przeciw-zmianom-w-sadownictwie-sprzed-sejmu-na-krakowskie,236523.html (POLISH)

Letter Poland – judicial reform July 2017

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Unia Europejska zagroziła zastosowaniem art. 7 TUE jeśli procedowane reformy sądownictwa wejdą w życie. Naszym zdaniem to ważny krok: https://amnesty.org.pl/polska-grozba-zastosowania-art-7-tue-to-krok-w-dobra-strone/. Wezwij polskie władze do przestrzegania Konstytucji i prawa międzynarodowego. Podpisz petycję! https://amnesty.org.pl/akcje/prawo-do-bezstronnego-sadu-zagrozone/

(Amnesty International Polska Facebook)