Rights official: Poland's constitutional court 'paralyzed'

February 12, 2016 11:45 AM

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WARSAW, Poland – A top European human rights official says that Poland's Constitutional Tribunal has become "paralyzed" by the country's new government and that this threatens not only the rule of law and checks and balances on its power but also the human rights of Polish citizens.

Nils Muiznieks, human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, gave his assessment to reporters on Friday after four days of meetings with Polish government leaders and human rights officials in Warsaw.

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