The Dallas Morning News

Poland to be without human rights official

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WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that the country’s human rights commission­er can’t remain in the job indefinite­ly after the end of his term until a successor is chosen.

The ruling by the government-controlled Constituti­onal Tribunal paves the way for the removal of the acting human rights commission­er, or ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, who is unpopular with the conservati­ve government.

Bodnar’s term ended in September, and lawmakers on Thursday approved ruling party lawmaker Bartlomiej Wroblewski as Bodnar’s successor. He still needs approval from the Senate, where the opposition has a narrow majority.

The decision by the court, which has been controlled by the governing Law and Justice party almost since it took power in 2015, aids the party in its bid to control state institutio­ns — from the judiciary to the media — and remove officials who could block its decisions.

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