Joint statement from meeting in Warsaw with the Office of the Polish Ombudsman

Representatives of global and regional bodies concerned with rule of law and human rights met in Warsaw with the new Polish Ombudsman, Dr. Adam Bodnar, to discuss the institutional landscape in Poland and the environment in which the Ombudsman’s Office is currently operating.

These bodies were:
- the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
(UNOHCHR), through its Regional Office for Europe;
- the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders;
- the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for
Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR);
- the Council of Europe; and
- the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI).

They confirmed that the bodies they represent look forward to continuing their close cooperation
with the Ombudsman’s institution as it continues to implement its mandate in full compliance
with the Paris Principles.