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A supporter of Adam Bodnar holds a portrait of the Ombudsman and a book titled 'Our Rights', outside the Constitutional Tribunal, Warsaw, Poland, 15 April 2021, Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Poland’s Human Rights Ombudsman Adam Bodnar removed from his post

The Bodnar case is yet another example of Poland’s assault on the rule of law. Since 2015, the government has politicised judicial appointments, refused to implement judgements and severely undermined the Constitutional Tribunal’s independence and effectiveness.

Kiev, Ukraine, 11 October 2020. A protester holds a placard depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during a demonstration in solidarity with the protest movement in Belarus, Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Writer and Belarusian PEN member Aliaksandr Fiaduta must be released

Fiaduta was detained in Russia, reportedly by the Belarusian KGB. Fiaduta is being detained without access to legal counsel or medical care and no charge against him is listed.

Turkish journalist and writer Ahmet Altan (C), with his children Kerem (L) and Senem (R), poses for AFP at his home minutes after he arrived following his release from jail, in Istanbul, Turkey, 14 April 2021, BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey: Writer Ahmet Altan released after Supreme Court overturns his conviction

Altan and his co-defendant Nazlı Ilıcak, whose conviction was also overturned, were sentenced in November 2019 to 10 years and 6 months and 8 years and 9 months in prison respectively, on the charge of “aiding a terrorist organization”.