Author(s): Parliamentary Assembly
The Assembly reiterates that democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights are interlinked and cannot exist without one another. Respecting, but also fostering and strengthening, these three fundamental principles is an obligation incumbent upon all member states. Conversely, any developments in a member state that undermine or weaken one of these fundamental principles is of immediate concern.
Member states therefore not only have the right, but indeed have the obligation to address shortcomings in its justice system and to take any measure that strengthens the independence of the judiciary and the efficient administration of justice. The Assembly recognises the challenges faced by the Polish justice system and judiciary, especially with regard to the efficiency of the administration of justice – as noted by the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in its judgments against Poland. It therefore welcomes the stated priority given by the Polish authorities to address the shortcomings in the Polish justice system. At the same time, the Assembly emphasises that it is essential that the reforms implemented are fully in line with European norms and standards and effectively strengthen judicial independence and the rule of law, and not weaken or undermine them.