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Szymielewicz, Katarzyna


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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 10/12/2015

Poles must save their democracy

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Wednesday that the imminent replacement of several Tribunal judges with new judges closely affiliated to the ruling national-conservative PiS government was unconstitutional. This "chaos" prompts human rights activist Katarzyna Szymielewicz to call on Poles to campaign for democracy in the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "According to the principles of democracy a government represents the majority, but that majority must adhere to certain standards. … Now the parliament has been turned into a theatre staging a play whose script was written elsewhere. The political debate must be transferred to the streets, because there is no more room for it in parliament. After all, the principles at stake here were created for us, the ordinary citizens, and not for the politicians."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 15/01/2015

Air passenger data no good against terrorism

In view of the terrorist attacks in Paris the European Parliament on Tuesday resumed its discussions about the gathering of air passenger data for flights within Europe. This measure is totally ineffective for fighting terror, criticises the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "Independent analyses have confirmed that data inflation doesn't make the work of the intelligence services any more effective. In 225 cases in which people were convicted for terrorist activities or killed [during arrest], the state used instruments for monitoring the population. And in a good few cases these instruments failed completely. [The Norwegian attacker] Anders Breivik, for instance, was not under surveillance before his attack - even though he had spread his radical views on the Internet. ... In a democratic debate we have the right to critically examine whether the instruments used by the state are at all effective."

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