European Council human rights commissioner cites ‘paralysis’ of constitutional court

A report by the Council of Europe’s human-rights commissioner on Wednesday criticized Poland’s socially conservative government, saying an erosion of the rule of law in the country threatens the protection of human rights.

The report said “the prolonged paralysis” of Poland’s constitutional court “bears heavy consequences for the human rights protection of all Polish citizens and prevents human rights proofing of legislation.” The government last year sought to influence judicial nominations and change laws for the court.

“Lawmakers and the government should urgently change course,” said Nils Muiznieks, the human-rights commissioner for the council, an international organization created to promote democracy and the rule of law in Europe.

The report was based on Mr. Muiznieks’ visit to Warsaw in February, Wall Street Journal reports.

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