Kaptur statement on Poland's purge of Supreme Court

July 13, 2018
Press Release
Alarming news threatens indepdendence of judiciary

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the Polish Caucus, issued the following statement in regards to news that the Polish government has forced the retirement of several Supreme Court justices, threatening the independence of the judiciary:

“I thank Poland for its deep commitment to the U.S.-Polish military partnership. Our alliance is critical to liberty in Europe, especially in the face of Russian aggression in the East. Despite a history of brutal oppression against the Polish people during the Partition, under Nazi tyranny, and throughout decades of Soviet occupation, courageous Poles have assumed leadership roles in historic achievements in helping to defeat communism, and develop democracy, and build a free market economy and civil society. Importantly, this includes Poland’s membership in NATO and the European Union.

"Unfortunately, I have become concerned by the Polish government’s recent actions to undermine its independent Supreme Court and put Poland’s achievements at risk. An independent judiciary is critical to preserve democratic protections and provide checks and balances against overreach. In the face of Russian aggression in Europe, it is essential for democratic allies to reaffirm commitments to the fundamental values that bind them. As close friends of the Polish people, I urge the Polish authorities to recommit to principles rooted in the rule of law, upon which our great friendship is based.”

Read more about the news here: New York Times, Poland Purges Supreme Court and Protesters Take to the Streets