POSTS BY Adam Bodnar

Poland: trust no one but the law

The Strasbourg court has found that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights due to its collaboration in the rendition, imprisonment and torture of two terrorism-suspects (Al-Nashiri and Abu-Zubaydah) by CIA officers. This judgment may be interpreted as an accusation against the US. But neither the ECtHR nor any international human rights' court has […]

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CIA Torture Sites in Poland: Thirty Million Dollars for Torture Victims

According to the US Senate report into the CIA rendition programme and prisons, US authorities paid 30 million dollars to Polish secret services in return for the opportunity to establish and operate the CIA detention facility in Stare Kiejkuty. Our country clearly has a lesson to learn. This lesson is to create a comprehensive assistance programme for victims of torture. A sum of 30 million dollars should be enough to finance such a system over the few years following its establishment.

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CIA Torture Sites in Poland: Thirty Million Dollars for Torture Victims

According to the US Senate report into the CIA rendition programme and prisons, US authorities paid 30 million dollars to Polish secret services in return for the opportunity to establish and operate the CIA detention facility in Stare Kiejkuty. Our country clearly has a lesson to learn. This lesson is to create a comprehensive assistance programme for victims of torture. A sum of 30 million dollars should be enough to finance such a system over the few years following its establishment.

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Why EU-friendly Poland showed so little voter turnout at the EP elections

The Polish society is still a beneficiary of the European integration. We take advantage of the output legitimacy of the system. EU money has a substantial impact on the situation of farmers, infrastructure investments (highways, railway, modern buildings, renovation of cities) or numerous social cohesion programs. But there is a general feeling that support by the EU budget is the most natural thing, like oxygen in the air. We deserve it due to our democratic transformation path. That is the reason why more than 80% of the Polish population support European integration. But at the same time, there is no feeling of responsibility for the whole European project.

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Wahlrechtsausschluss für Entmündigte: Auf Polen kommt Ärger zu

Am 25. Mai 2014 wird auch in Polen die Wahl zum Europaparlament abgehalten. Menschen, die unter Vormundschaft stehen, dürfen nicht teilnehmen, weil das vom Parlament beschlossene polnische Wahlgesetz sie illegalerweise vom Wahlrecht ausschließt. Das könnte für Polen teuer werden.President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski has recently announced that the European Parliament elections would be held on 25 May 2014. Incapacitated persons won’t be able to cast their votes because the Electoral Code statute adopted by Polish Parliament has illegally deprived them of their voting rights. This may cost Poland a lot of money.

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