52 civil society organisations - Published: Monday, 24 July 2017
Dear Mr. President,
We, the undersigned representatives of 52 non-governmental organisations from across the world hereby appeal to you to veto three acts regarding the functioning of the justice system in Poland.
The Acts concerning the National Council of the Judiciary in Poland, common courts and the Supreme Court altogether shatter the independence of the judiciary and seriously breach the rule of the separation of powers – fundamental to democratic states ruled by law.
For many of us activists working for human rights and democratisation, Poland used to be a beacon of a peaceful transition to the rule of law and protection of fundamental freedoms. The constitutional crisis developing since 2015 has seriously undermined the role of Poland as a leader of democratic changes in the region.
We appeal to you, Mr. President, not to disregard the heritage of the Polish fight for freedom and basic rights. At the moment, the fate of the right to a fair trial by an independent court for everybody under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Poland depends on you.