Polish right-wing government to dissolve the Council for the Prevention of Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

The Committee for the Defence of Democracy, known as KOD would like to draw your attention to and express our concern about the Polish government’s recent decision to dissolve the Council for the Prevention of Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. This government body was created to tackle racial discrimination, xenophobia and prejudice associated with it. The move was justified by the administrative reform and change of competencies within individual ministerial offices. No alternative has been proposed.

Poland, like the rest of the world, is facing challenges in racism and all forms of discrimination, and should actively fighting hate crimes and racism.

Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights: “In the light of recent acts of racial prejudice including attacks on foreigners and a rise in prominence of far-right groups within Poland, it is critical that the Polish government promotes the agenda of tolerance and equality.”

Poland has been seen as a model in democratic transition since collapse of communism and Solidarity movement in late 80s. At the end of 2015 the conservative Law and Justice party won election. The six months old government has focused its attention on dismantling the pillars of Poland’s democracy: taken direct control of state media, appointments of senior civil servants and passed a law designed to paralyse the constitutional tribunal, which rules on the legality of government actions.

The Committee for the Defence of Democracy, known as KOD is a Polish civic mass opposition movement founded in November 2015 as a result of and triggered by the Polish constitutional crisis. KOD has been organising street demonstrations since November against controversial reforms. Tens of thousands Poles have joined a series of large protest across Poland and abroad.

Source: Gazeta Wyborcza

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