On Monday, the Commissioner of the Council of Europe for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, and the Ombudsman, Marcin Wiącek, talked about respecting human rights in the context of the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. According to Mijatovic, “suffering is visible” on the verge. The Commissioner for Human Rights said that he was trying to indicate “how to deal with people, even if they unlawfully crossed the border”. – Because such people also deserve the protection of their dignity. These are people – said Wiącek.
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, met on Monday with the Ombudsman, Marcin Wiącek.
After the meeting, she told TVN24 that her visit to Poland would last four days. – It is mainly related to humanitarianism and the situation of human rights on the border with Belarus and the situation of migrants – she said. She added that after the visit, she would have a conference where she would provide more details about her.
Mijatovic on the situation on the border: we see suffering
Mijatovic admitted that it is “difficult to say” what she expects from the visit. – The situation is very complex, as the Commissioner for Human Rights I want to be of help to the Polish authorities, member states of the Council of Europe and to people – she said. She noted that it is extremely important for her to talk and meet people.
When asked whether in her opinion human rights are respected on the Polish-Belarusian border, she replied: – no, not really.
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In her opinion, what we see at the border “is extremely problematic”. “We see the suffering,” said Mijatovic. She admitted that “the situation on the border is politically sensitive, but at the same time we must take into account human dignity, human rights (written – ed.) In international law”.
She also pointed out that “the world is struggling with big problems”. – Not only in Europe but also outside of it. It is nothing new that people are being used as a tool of manipulation, she assessed.
RPO: the result will be the formulation of a certain position, opinion, recommendation
The Commissioner for Human Rights said that the Commissioner had come for a four-day “humanitarian visit, the purpose of which is to observe the protection of human dignity and the humanitarian protection of people who are on Polish territory.”
Wiącek said that he had talked with Mijatovice about the activities he is taking as the Ombudsman in this regard and about regular visits to the border with the participation of the employees of the Ombudsman’s office. When asked what effect this visit could bring, he said that “the Commissioner came to see with her own eyes what was happening and the result will be the formulation of a position, opinion, recommendation”.
Wiącek admitted that “obviously a very fundamental and fundamental duty of the Polish state is border protection”. – On the other hand, an equally fundamental duty is to protect the dignity of every human being residing in the territory of the Republic of Poland – he pointed out.
– I have a duty to observe how the rights and freedoms resulting, in particular, in the constitution, international conventions and European law are respected – he reminded.
He added that he noticed “some problems in this regard”. – I try to show what the standards should be, how to deal with people who even unlawfully crossed the Polish border, because such people also deserve the protection of their dignity. These are people – said Wiącek.
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