OSCE/ODIHR Final Opinion on the Draft Act Amending the Act on the Commissioner for Human
Rights of Poland

TABLE OF CONTENT

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INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................... 3

II.

SCOPE OF REVIEW ................................................................................ 3

III. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ....................................................................... 4
IV. ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ........................................... 5
1. International Standards on NHRIs ................................................................................... 5
2. General Comments ............................................................................................................. 8
2.1. Purpose of the Draft Act ............................................................................................ 8
2.2. Principle of Functional Immunity ............................................................................ 10
3. Scope of the Functional Immunity .................................................................................. 12
3.1. Material Scope of the Functional Immunity ............................................................. 12
3.2. Personal and Temporal Scope of the Functional Immunity ..................................... 15
4. Procedure for Lifting the Commissioner’s Immunity from Criminal Proceedings ... 16
4.1. The Request to Lift Immunity ................................................................................... 16
4.2. The Need for Clear, Transparent and Impartial Procedures................................... 17
4.3. The Outcome of the Procedure ................................................................................ 19
5. Final Comments ................................................................................................................ 21

Annex: Draft Act Amending the Act on the Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland

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