Poland

Derecho Internacional / International Law

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Council of Europe calls for Poland to promote greater transparency    

Source: Jurist

January 29, 2019

 The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) on Monday published an evaluation reporturging Poland to promote greater transparency among persons exercising top executive functions.

According to the report, 58 percent of Poles consider corruption widespread. Cases of integrity issues concerning both the police and senior government officials have been reported at regular intervals.

GRECO suggests that an overarching policy and comprehensives rules of conduct accompanied by implementation support measures is needed. A central register would make information more transparent and would strengthen Poland’s arrangements for the declaration of assets. Other recommendations concern the transparency of the government’s legislative process and the rules on access to information, which should be further developed and equipped with an effective appeal mechanism to ensure their effectiveness.

The report further suggests that Poland needs to establish an objective and transparent system for the appointment, promotion and dismissal of all senior managers in the Police and Border Guards. Methods include establishing a proper and reliable risk assessment to assist in the definition of future integrity policies; a rapid clarification of the Internal Supervisory Office’s respective responsibilities and leadership functions; clear and effective rules regarding the disclosure of crimes and misconduct; and the protection of reporting persons.

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Derecho Constitucional / Constitucional Law

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poloniaPoland: ICJ applauds Supreme Court’s defence of the rule of law          

Source: ICJ

August 21, 2018

The ICJ and its Polish Section (ICJ Poland) today expressed their support for the actions of the Supreme Court to defend the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in Poland, including by recourse to the European Court of Justice (CJEU).

This happened in the face of repeated attack by political figures and authorities. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Derecho Internacional / International Law

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poloniaEuropean Commission sends Poland ‘reasoned opinion’ on judicial retirement law     

Source: Jurist

August 15, 2018

The European Commission sent a “reasoned opinion” [press release] to the Polish government Tuesday over the new law [JURIST report] lowering the mandatory retirement age of the Polish Supreme Court from 70 to 65. Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Derecho Internacional / International Law

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imagesEuropean Commission launches infringement procedure against Poland judiciary law 

 Source:Jurist

July 03, 2018

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The European Commission launched [press release] an infringement procedure on Monday to protect Poland’s Supreme Court from a judiciary law that would force one-third of its judges to retire.

The law drops the retirement age from 70 to 65, which will require 27 out of 72 judges to retire, including “the First President of the Supreme Court, whose 6-year mandate would be prematurely terminated.” Judges may request their mandates be prolonged for a period of up to three years, but no criteria is in place to guide President Andrzej Duda in making those decisions. The law further affects the composition of the National Council for the Judiciary (NCJ) [official website], giving parliament power to appoint judges to the NCJ, which contradicts European standards on judicial independence.  Leer el resto de esta entrada »

Derecho Constitucional / Constitucional Law

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poloniaPoland approves judicial reform legislation as EU warns of rule of law violations

Source:Jurist
December 20, 2017

[JURIST] Polish President Andrzej Duda signed judicial reform legislation[materials, in Polish; materials, in Polish] Wednesday, placing control over the courts into the hands of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party.
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Derechos Humanos/ Human Rights

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IMG_0896Fuente:  Elcolombiano

Corte reivindicó la justicia indígena

La Corte Constitucional, para proteger las comunidades indígenas, declaró inexequible un aparte de una ley que está vigente desde el siglo XIX.

Se trata de Ley 89 de noviembre 16 de 1890 “por la cual se determina la manera como deben ser gobernados los salvajes que se reduzcan a la vida civilizada”, que entre otras indicaciones, mantenía vivo en el ordenamiento, para que los alcaldes y otras autoridades administrativas, “la competencia para dirimir conflictos surgidos entre indígenas de una misma comunidad étnica, o entre estos y el cabildo de la respectiva comunidad”, según indica el comunicado de la Corte.

Y agrega que “esa situación, desconoce el derecho fundamental de las comunidades indígenas de resolver los asuntos internos mediante la aplicación de normas y procedimientos propios”.

A pesar de que tumba el aparte de esa norma, es particular que una norma de este tipo se siga aplicando en Colombia, más aún, que la Corte no haya ido más allá y haya declarado inconstitucional toda la norma. Es algo que en su salvamento de voto indicó el magistrado Jorge Iván Palacio Palacio. “Tal declaración ha debido extenderse a toda la Ley 89 de 1890, por contrariar abiertamente la autonomía de los pueblos indígenas”.

Se trata de una norma que el Gobierno ha venido analizando para determinar si se trata de una “ley inútil” y se debería derogar, toda vez que ya se estaría aplicando en el territorio o habría perdido vigencia. Leer el resto de esta entrada »