The Dallas Morning News
Poland to be without human rights official
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.