Dramatic escalation of repression of Polish judges expected

Human rights organizations concerned over increased attacks against the independence of the Judiciary in Poland.

On Tuesday 9 June, at 9:00 Judge Igor Tuleya is called to the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court in Poland, for a hearing to lift his immunity against criminal prosecution for an official act as Judge, i.e. the decision of allowing access to the press when ruling on the resuming of investigation into a possibly irregular voting process carried out in the Parliament of Poland.

Monday The Norwegian Helsinki Committee and five other human rights organizations handed over a letter to the Polish Ambassador to Norway raising their concern with the increased attacks against the independence of the Judiciary in Poland.

“We bring this protest before you, and the European Commission, Your Excellency, because Judge Igor Tuleya may be the first judge to lose his immunity and, consequently, his freedom.  It will depend on your Government to secure that Judge Igor Tuleya and other judges do not suffer fear of persecution for defending the independence of the judiciary”, states the letter signed by Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, ICJ Norway, Amnesty International Norway, Den norske Dommerforening and Human Rights House Foundation.

“We expect the Government and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Poland to abide by European Law and the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and immediately halt all disciplinary activity under the auspices of the so-called Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme court”, the letter concludes.

Read the full letter here

Two online demonstrations in support of Judge Igor Tuleya and independent judges will tak place Monday:

«Europe for Poland» 16:00 organized by/Iustitia, European Association of Judges EAJ, MEDEL, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Amnesty International Norway, Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. 

Zoom link for listeners to «Europe for Poland» will be posted on the Facebook event.

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