The Parliamentary Committee for Justice and Human Rights issued a positive opinion on the candidacy of Karolina Bućko for a member of the state commission on pedophilia, submitted by MPs from the Civic Coalition, the Left, Third Way and PSL. However, Kacper Świtkiewicz’s candidacy was assessed negatively. MPs are to elect a new committee member on Tuesday.
At Tuesday’s meeting, MPs are to elect a member of the State Commission for Counteracting the Sexual Abuse of Minors under 15 (State Commission on Pedophilia). The candidates are: lawyer Karolina Bućko, nominated by MPs from the Civic Coalition, the Left, PSL– Third Way and Poland 2050 – Third Way, as well as Kacper Świtkiewicz from the Association for the Rule of Law in Education.
Positive opinion about Bućko’s candidacy, negative – Świtkiewicz
On Monday, both candidacies were discussed by the Sejm Justice and Human Rights Committee. She gave a positive opinion on Bućko’s candidacy and a negative opinion on Świtkiewicz. In the latter case, 22 people voted, 20 were against and two abstained. Earlier, Bućko and Świtkiewicz answered MPs’ questions.
Karolina Bućko graduated from law studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, completed bailiff, prosecutor and attorney apprenticeships, and professionally runs her own law firm. She has repeatedly represented victims of crimes “against sexual freedom and decency” and “other crimes of a sexual nature” in court. He specializes in, among others: in issues related to domestic violence, conducts, among others, training in this area about Social Welfare Centers.
Kacper Świtkiewicz graduated in law from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. Since 2020, he has been the president of the board of the Association for the Rule of Law in Education, and is – as we read in the parliamentary form – a specialist in the area of education law, as well as “broadly understood children’s rights and administrative procedure”. His candidacy was proposed by the Association for the Rule of Law in Education.
Bućko about the main goals of her activities if she were on the committee
In an interview with TVN24, Bućko talked about the basic goals she would set for herself if she were elected as a member of the commission. – First of all, the issue of support for injured people. A clear signal that the committee is there for them, and not the other way around. Openness, trust in the commission, reliable conduct of proceedings, she said.
As she added, it is important for her “to be able to read the documentation that is in the commission and get acquainted with all the proceedings.”
Vacancies in the pedophilia committee
The appointment of two new members of the State Commission for Counteracting the Sexual Exploitation of Minors under 15 years of age is related to filling two vacancies that have arisen over recent months. In March this year, Prof. resigned from the position of chairman of the state commission on pedophilia. Błażej Kmieciak. However, he remained on the committee. Then, at the end of May, Andrzej Nowarski resigned from membership in the commission and from the position of its vice-chairman.
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