I think that at this stage, first of all, you need to document, collect all information, prepare materials – said former ombudsman Adam Bodnar in Sunday’s “Fakt after Faktach” on TVN24, referring to the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. – The government should be held accountable for the deaths that occurred on the border with Belarus – he added.
Since the beginning of September, the Border Guard has already recorded over five thousand attempts to illegally cross the Polish border with Belarus. A state of emergency has been in force in the border zone with Belarus since September 2. It covers 183 towns. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. The government justifies the need to introduce a state of emergency with the situation on the border with Belarus, where Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime is waging a “hybrid war”.
Bodnar: Perhaps it will be possible to judge those guilty of human rights violations
The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and the decisions of the authorities in this matter were commented on by the former ombudsman Dr. Adam Bodnar, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the SWPS University in Warsaw in Sunday’s “Fakt after Faktach”.
– The government should be held accountable for the deaths that occurred on the border with Belarus. I think that at this stage, first of all, you need to document, collect all the information – investigative journalists play an important role here, and prepare materials. There will be a list of deeds and talks, and perhaps there will come a time when such cases will be judged by those who are guilty of gross violations of human rights and should never take place on the territory of the Republic of Poland, he said.
The former ombudsman also described the situation at the border as “absolutely tragic”. He stressed that “we have no knowledge, because journalistic control is disabled”. As he added, “we should demand that the state of emergency be abandoned, so that normality simply returns, and the Polish government stops violating human rights.”
Bodnar on the situation of Poczobut: this is heroism
Adam Bodnar also commented on the situation of Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist who has been imprisoned in a Belarusian prison for over half a year on charges of “inciting hatred”.
– In my opinion, in the case of Andrzej Poczobut, it is absolutely heroism. He sacrifices everything, risks his health and life, risks the safety of his family. He does it for an idea, because he does not compromise what he believes in, which is freedom of speech. He also believes that he was imprisoned solely for political reasons, he emphasized.
“The crisis of the rule of law is not some abstract story”
The guest of “Fakty po Faktach” also referred to the crisis related to the Polish judiciary.
– For me, judges who act in such a way that they do not agree to compromise are also contemporary heroes. Of course, in different conditions, but remember that we do not know what the future awaits them. Several of them have already been suspended from practicing, he said.
And he added: – This dispute that we are observing, this crisis of the rule of law, is not some abstract story about a group of judges. A large proportion of people treat it as if it is happening somewhere nearby and has no effect on their current lives. Yet it has an impact. It is about democracy, about the tripartite division of powers and also about our membership in the European Union.
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