Thousands Protest Against Judiciary Reform In Poland

21 July, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • POLISH PRESIDENT Andrzej Duda

Opposition lawmakers and celebrities have joined the crowd in front of the presidential palace that is chanting "free courts" and waving national and European Union flags. After that, only President Andrzej Duda can veto the laws and block them from taking effect.

Party spokeswoman, Beata Mazurek, said Thursday that people in small towns across the country have a sense the justice system is not on their side and the party wants to change that.

European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans said Brussels could launch disciplinary action next week, and threatened to move towards halting Poland's voting rights in the 28-nation bloc further down the line.

Wenzel Michalski‏, the German Director of Human Rights Watch, said the bill would kill judicial independence in Poland.

The National Judiciary Council, which currently nominates both common and Supreme Court judges and consists of judges selected by professional legal bodies, will now be chosen by parliament - but its member judges will require at least three fifths of representatives to back them in order to be selected.

Not even rock star turned politician Pawel Kukiz, who leads the Kukiz '16 party and who said he could not vote against the bill, thinks so.

Poland's lower house voted on Wednesday to send a contested Supreme Court reform bill to a parliamentary committee, moving closer to passing a law the opposition says erodes the independence of the country's judiciary. He also condemned the speed with which the bill was passed, saying it was done without proper public consultation.

A heated discussion in the Parliament lasted nearly until midnight, with the opposing minority trying to stop the Supreme Court bill from being passed.


But Duda warned he won't sign the bill into law unless another controversial law, recently approved by the lawmakers and concerning appointments to a top legislative body, is amended according to his suggestions. It has drawn condemnation from the European Union and has led to street protests.

On Sunday, thousands rallied in Warsaw and other cities against reforms endorsed last week by parliament and more protests took place Tuesday in Warsaw.

"Please let us try, Mr President", he urged Duda and called on "serious partners" from Warsaw to talk with the EU.

A Senate commission was to open debate on it Thursday and the chamber, dominated by the ruling party, was expected to approve it on Friday.

But Grzegorz Schetyna, leader of the centrist opposition party Civic Platform (PO), denounced the Supreme Court reform earlier on Thursday as "a rampant coup". The new person who will be appointed, the new judges will be the minister of justice of the ruling party.

Poland's parliament held a second day of debate on Wednesday on a proposed law to give the government more direct control over the Supreme Court, whose tasks include validating elections in the ex-communist state.

He had warned Warsaw that if it did not suspend the reforms, the Commission could move towards halting Poland's voting rights in the 28-nation bloc further down the line, a so-called "nuclear option" that the European Union had never invoked.

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