- 27 Jul 2017
- [International Secretariat]
- Region: REPUBLIC OF POLAND
Following the news that the European Union has threatened to trigger Article 7 against Poland if currently tabled judicial reforms are passed into law, Iverna McGowan Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office said:
“Triggering Article 7 would be an unprecedented move, and the strong message sent by the EU today that it is close to making that step is a welcome demonstration of the seriousness with which it’s taking the assault on judicial independence in Poland.
“The Law and Justice Party’s ongoing efforts to dismantle Poland’s system of checks and balances is at a critical phase. The prosecution service and the Constitutional Tribunal of the country’s justice system is already under the political control of the government. Successful passage of these current reforms would amount to a wholesale political takeover of the judiciary. The consequences of this for the future integrity of Polish justice are far reaching and deeply concerning.’’
“While this is a positive development, the EU, including its member countries, must prove it’s not an idle threat by making good on its words if Poland chooses to continue down its current path.”
Article 7(1) of the Treaty of the European Union allows the European Council to issue a warning to member states where there is “a clear risk of a serious breach” of the respect for the rule of law and human rights.
On 18 July, Amnesty International delivered a public statement on the proposed amendments to the judiciary in Poland.
19 July 2017
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL QUOTE
- 24 Sep 2021
PROTECT AFGHANS STRANDED AT POLISH BORDER
- 2 Jul 2019 [International Secretariat]
REPUBLIC OF POLAND: EU top court condemns Poland’s law forcing Supreme Court judges to retire
- 29 Jun 2018 [International Secretariat]
REPUBLIC OF POLAND: Peaceful protestors defy escalating assault on freedom of assembly
- 28 Jul 2017 [International Secretariat]
REPUBLIC OF POLAND: Presidential veto is a step back from the brink
- 24 Sep 2016 [International Secretariat]
REPUBLIC OF POLAND: A dangerous backward step for women and girls
- 18 Sep 2015 [International Secretariat]
REPUBLIC OF POLAND: abandoning hundreds of victims of hate crimes