Democracy and human rights lessons from totalitarian Poland under democracy guise - ANALYSIS

Democracy and human rights lessons from totalitarian Poland under democracy guise - <span style="color: red;">ANALYSIS
# 18 June 2015 11:18 (UTC +04:00)

Note that, in Europe itself negative tendencies like racism, neofascism, islamophobia, police violence, and extremism are growing more severe, and all these are happening before the eyes of the world.

Different circles in the West as well as newspapers, magazines and other publications they own unfortunately ignore such miserable and unbearable cases. They do not even avoid discrediting countries which try to contribute to world peace, dialogue and cooperation as well as Azerbaijan, which is the initiator and organizer of major international events, making up white lie against and slandering this country. Poland is one of the European countries where human rights are violated flagrantly and democratic and moral values are disregarded and which is a miserable situation. Poland gained its real independence following the collapse of the Warsaw bloc in the 90s of the past century. The Polish government then began to engage in political and economic manipulation instead of pursing an independent political and economic policy. As a result, Poland is left out of global projects and the population’s welfare and the democracy and human rights in the country have for years been unable to even get close to the values Europeans consider to be criteria. The country has serious problems with human rights.

Let’s take the judicial system. Deliberate prolonging is dominant in this system. Cases like xenophobia, racism, etc. are growing day by day in Poland. Defamation rules have restricted freedoms of expression and media considerably. There are serious problems with freedoms of expression and opinion. Last year, the Polish prosecuting authorities and intelligence services raided Wprost weekly magazine, flagrantly violated rights of journalists not to disclose their sources, tried to illegally seize secret recordings. All of these facts revealed the true face of the country considering itself a herald of democratic values. While a group of activists entered the State Electoral Commission headquarters as a protest against the results of local elections held on Nov. 16 and demanded the resignations of commission members and the scheduling of new elections, police ejected them, treated them cruelly and arrested Jan Pawlicki and Tomasz Gzell as they covered the events. All these could have happened only in a society ruled by a totalitarian regime under the guise of democracy. We can also recall the statements of "Reporters without Borders" condemning arrests and detention of journalists in Poland, demanding their immediate release, as well as condemning a libel suit launched by Polish Transport Minister Slawomir Nowak against Wprost magazine.

Relevant reports of several international organizations, including the European Committee against Torture and the European Commissioner for Human Rights, are regularly reflecting the facts on intolerable conditions in cells for prisoners and inhuman treatment of police in a number of European countries, particularly in Poland. Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski for the first time acknowledged the existence of CIA secret prison in the country. The European Court of Human Rights found that Poland allowed the secret detention, torture of CIA. The fact that Poland, considering itself a country with democratic values, is the first European country involved in the secret detention programs of the US served damaging the country's reputation in the international arena. The question is that does the country involved in such secret detention programs have moral rights to talk about transparency and democracy?

All this proves the lack of independence in the political leadership of Poland, talking about democracy, and the fact that the country’s government is in deep crisis.

For many years, there has been a very interesting trend in Poland’s foreign policy. Poland, pursuing an aggressive and hypocritical policy toward its neighbors and ignoring international legal norms, has almost turned into a hostage of its ambitious.

With this kind of foreign policy, Poland undermines its international reputation both in Europe and in the world. After accession to the EU, Poland began to continue its destructive foreign policy to cause clashes and confrontations among the EU member states instead of contributing to further development of cooperation between the member states. Poland that began to convey its incomplete opinions of the modern democratic values and intense emotions to the EU after breaking away the socialist camp 25 years ago, in fact, is capable of understanding the essence and philosophy of these values properly. What can we expect from a totalitarian country ruled by a dictatorial regime?

APA Analytic Center