Agnieszka Pomaska

Constitutional Tribunal effectively removes human rights commissioner from office
15.04.2021, written by

The Constitutional Tribunal led by Julia Przyłębska has ruled that a provision allowing the Commissioner for Human Rights to remain in office after the end of his term is unconstitutional. The verdict effectively removes Adam Bodnar from the office, and no successor has yet been appointed.

The Tribunal (TK) was asked by a group of Law and Justice lawmakers to examine a provision allowing the Commissioner for Human Rights to continue his work after the end of the 5-year term, when no successor has been appointed. The term of the current Commissioner Adam Bodnar ended on September 9, 2020, and since then the parliament has failed to appoint his successor.

Ahead of the verdict’s announcement, a group of Adam Bodnar’s supporters gathered in front of the constitutional court. „I’m grateful for the support. It’s about you standing in defence of human rights, not about me” – the Commissioner said entering the building.

The Constitutional Tribunal led by Julia Przyłębska has ruled that a provision allowing the Commissioner for Human Rights to remain in office after the end of his term is unconstitutional. The verdict effectively removes Adam Bodnar from the office, and no successor has yet been appointed.

The Tribunal (TK) was asked by a group of Law and Justice lawmakers to examine a provision allowing the Commissioner for Human Rights to continue his work after the end of the 5-year term, when no successor has been appointed. The term of the current Commissioner Adam Bodnar ended on September 9, 2020, and since then the parliament has failed to appoint his successor.

Ahead of the verdict’s announcement, a group of Adam Bodnar’s supporters gathered in front of the constitutional court. „I’m grateful for the support. It’s about you standing in defence of human rights, not about me” – the Commissioner said entering the building.

The verdict was announced by Julia Przyłębska, who said the Tribunal found the provision in question unconstitutional.

The judge added the provision will cease to be legally binding 3 months after the ruling has been published in the Journal of Laws. She also informed the verdict was unanimous.

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source: tvn24.pl