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News from the House of the Helsinki Foundation For Human Rights in Warsaw - 2013

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ECtHR: refusal to publish advertisement does not violate freedom of speech

In JUly, the Strasbourg Court proclaimed judgement in the case of Remuszko v. Poland. The ruling concerned the freedom of speech aspect of the relations between advertisers and press publishers. The ECtHR held that Poland had not violated the European Convention on Human Rights. 07 Aug 2013 »

Image: Court: journalist writing about Augustów Roundup responsible for violation of personal interests

Court: journalist writing about Augustów Roundup responsible for violation of personal interests

In early July 2013 the Court of Appeal in Białystok decided the case brought by S.W. against Alicja Maciejowska and the Institute of National Remembrance in Białystok, alleging a violation of personal interests. 02 Aug 2013 »

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Government to ratify Protocols abolishing death penalty

In July, the first reading of the government-sponsored bills on the President’s consent to the ratification of two Protocols completely abolishing the death penalty took place. The bills concern the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Protocol 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights which forbids the death penalty, even in times of war. 01 Aug 2013 »

Image: Defamation trial to set limits of freedom of online expression 
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Defamation trial to set limits of freedom of online expression

A trial of Witold K., charged with defamation of his former employer, was launched in the District Court in Bydgoszcz. On one of the websites the defendant described his company as a “Polish labour camp”. The K.’s former workplace is a supported employment enterprise. On commencing his employment Witold K. was classified as having a mild level of disability. According to the defendant the company violated a number of labour laws. 26 Jul 2013 »

Image: Statement on exclusion of rehabilitation equipment from judicial enforcement proceedings

Statement on exclusion of rehabilitation equipment from judicial enforcement proceedings

Under Polish law, rehabilitation equipment is not excluded from collection proceedings conducted by court enforcement officers. The Code of Civil Procedure contains an exhaustive list of movables which cannot be made subject to judicial enforcement. Rehabilitation equipment is not included in the list. 25 Jul 2013 »

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