Thousands in Warsaw protest reforms giving Polish MPs sway over judiciary

‘Thousands of people flocked to the Polish Parliament building Sunday to voice opposition to the overhaul of the judiciary citing concerns that the new measures erodes judicial independence and encroaches on the rule of law.

Activists brandished EU and Polish national flags chanting “shame, shame” and “in defense of the courts” as they descended onto the streets of central Warsaw to rally against the draft bill.

The new measures, spearheaded by the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), will empower Parliament and the justice minister to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. The proposed legislation also envisions that the serving Supreme Court judges would be forced to retire once the new legislation comes into effect.’

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