Residence permit on humanitarian grounds for a member of Hazara minority

We are happy to announce that an Afghanistani client of ours to whom we provide legal and integration-related assistance has been allowed to stay in Poland on humanitarian grounds. Our client has been in Poland since 2011. He has received

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SIP proposes to introduce a file reading room at the Office for Foreigners

Association for Legal Intervention proposed to introduce a file reading room or to designate more rooms and hours for reviewing case records at the Office for Foreigners (Department for Legalisation of Stay). Currently it is not possible to make an

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Detaining victims of violence-ruling of the District Court in Przemysl

Border Guard should ex officio examine whether a detained foreigner was a victim of violence – ruling of the District Court in Przemysl The District Court in Przemysl released our client from detention center because he was a victim of

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Hostages of the System: “There were around forty men locked away together in confined space. You begin to feel claustrophobic”

At the center, everyone has a story to tell. Those who have been smuggled into Poland illegally show the greatest determination and, at the same time, are the most desperate. They usually had to sell everything they had and some

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Shadow report to the UN Committee Against Torture

The UN Commitee Against Torture prepares a seventh periodic report on Poland. One of the topics analyzed is the respect of the prohibition of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment towards foreigners in Poland. We prepared a shadow report to the

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Hostages of the System: “Over half a year after he regained his freedom, my son is still plagued by nightmares

“Over half a year after he regained his freedom, my son is still plagued by nightmares. Almost every night he wakes up crying. The most frequently recurring dreams are about men wearing masks who beat him up. I myself also

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Violence inflicted by public officials is an inhuman and degrading treatment – judgement of the Supreme Administrative Court

The Supreme Administrative Court revoked the ruling of the Voivodship Administrative Court in Warsaw and decisions of administrative authorities in the case concerning the asylum procedure of one of our clients (ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court from 6 March

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Hostages of the System: “If I had given birth to an illegitimate child in Chechnya, they would have killed me”

“No one had been in the detention centre in Kętrzyn for as long as I. When we left, my daughter was almost two years old. I was locked up and without any hope of going crazy,” says a Chechen, who

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Hostages of the System: “All in all, it was worse than a prison”, says a young Ghanaian

“Waiting is the worst. You just wait and wait and then you wait some more. It’s even worse than if you were actually in prison because you don’t even know what you are doing time for or what your sentence

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Hostages of the System: “My eldest son rarely left his room. He would spend days in bed, covering his head with a blanket”

“My eldest son rarely left his room. He would spend days in bed, covering his head with a blanket. His arms and legs trembled whenever he saw guards but he would not run – he just froze in place. He

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