Q&A :: Poland's Ombudsman reflects on first year
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Q&A :: Ombudsman Adam Bodnar reflects on his first year in office.mp3
Over a year has passed since Adam Bodnar was elected Poland’s Ombudsman by a vote of the Polish Parliament.
Adam Bodnar. Photo: Adrian Grycuk/Wikimedia Commons
Poland’s Ombudsman is an office of public trust, established to monitor the observance of civil and human rights in the country.
Along with other institutions, the Ombudsman takes action if human rights and freedoms are violated by a public or private entity.
This week we speak to Adam Bodnar, Poland's commissioner for human rights, who reflects on his first year in office.
"Defending the constitutional court has become one the most important tasks during the first year of my term," the official said, referring to the ongoing constitutional crisis in Poland.
When asked about voices from the far-right calling for his dimissal, Bodnar said: "The Ombudsman is appointed for five years. Even if you express criticism, if you do not agree with some of my actions, you should respect the constitutional rules of the game".