Management Board and Board of Directors
HFHR is managed by the Management Board composed of five persons and the Board of Directors composed of seven persons.
Sociologist Co-founder of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in 1989. Chair of the Board of the HFHR since 2008. Ms. Przywara worked in a design office and the Department Institute of Construction, following which she was employed at the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In the 1980s, she was a mediator with the Mazowsze Region Mediation Committee of the Solidarity Trade Union. Since 1982, she has been a member of the Helsinki Committee in Poland and the co-author of a portion of its reports.
Deputy Chair of the Board – Expert in cause-related documentary film Mr. Nowicki is the co-founder and Program Director (2001-2003), and subsequently (2003- ) the Director of the WATCH DOCS: Human Rights in Film International Film Festival. He is the co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Social Film Institute (Społeczny Instytut Filmowy) Foundation. He works co-operatively with many international film festivals.
Piotr Kładoczny Ph.D.
Secretary of the Board – Piotr Kładoczny has been cooperating with the HFHR since 1996. He supervises the works of legal and intervention programmes. Piotr Kładoczny is an author of numerous publications regarding criminal substantive law, criminal procedure, criminal executive law and drug policy. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University.
Treasurer of the Board – lawyer. He graduated from the University of Warsaw, where studied at the Faculty of Law and Administration. He also studied law in Istanbul. He has been cooperationgwith the HFHR since 2001. He’s a coordinator of international educational projects in Commonwealth of Independent States.
Member of the Board, lawyer. A graduate of the College of Europe in Natolin. She works at the office of European Court of Human Rights. Since 2008 she’s a chief of the HFHR’s “Observatory of Media Freedom in Poland”. Between 2010 and 2014 she was a member of Advisory Panel of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. She received a journalist’s prize “Article 54 of the Constitution” for her contribution to freedom of the speech in Poland.
Board of Directors
Psychologist, University of Warsaw Professor Mr. Grzelak joined Solidarity in 1980, and became a member of the organization’s Board of Directors for the Mazowsze Region the following year. He represented the local institutions of the trade union at the First National Congress of Delegates in Gdansk. During this time, he also became a member of the Freedom-Justice-Independence Self-Governing Republic Club (KSR Wolność-Sprawiedliwość-Niepodległość). Following the declaration of martial law, he was victimized by agents of the Służba Bezpieczeństwa [Security Service] and forced to resign from the position of Dean. He collaborated with the Solidarity Underground; in particular, with the Temporary Coordinating Committee (Tymczasowa Komisja Koordynacyna) and with the Helsinki Committee. In 1989, he participated in the Round Table Talks as the vice-president of the opposition party in the Education and Learning Workgroup. Following the establishment of Tadeusz Mazowiecki’s Administration, he became the Deputy Minister of National Education, in which role he served until 1991.
Marek Antoni Nowicki
Lawyer, Former Member of the European Commission of Human Rights in Stratsbourg, Former Ombudsman in Kosovo During the period of martial law, Mr. Nowicki was a journalist with the underground press and a collaborator with the underground institutions of Solidarity, as well as with various independent institutions. In 1982, he co-founded the underground Helsinki Committee in Poland. He was a co-author of the Commission’s reports, as well as a consultant to and a participant in the August, 1988 strike in the Manifest Lipcowy Mine in Jastrzab. Mr. Nowicki is a co-founder of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw. Between November 2003 and February 2008, he served as the Chairman of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.
Theologian, Columnist In the 1980s, Ms. Bortnowska-Dąbrowska was a member of the underground Helsinki Committee in Poland. In 1989, she co-founded the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. In the journalism workshops (for university students, young journalists, school-age young adults, prisoners in penal institutions, etc.) that she leads, Halina Bortnowska actively promotes international standards of journalism. Since 1992, she has been a tutor at the Polis Youth Journalism Workshops in Warsaw. She is the co-founder (in the year 2000) of the Open Republic Association Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia. At the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, she heads the Horizon (Horyzont): Against the Death Penalty Group.
Lawyer, Retired Constitutional Tribunal Justice. Mr. Ciemniewski was a member of Solidarity between the years 1980 and 1989. In 1983, he was the co-founder of the Helsinki Committee in Poland. In the 1980s, he published legal documents in the underground press. During the Round Table Talks, he was a member of the Legal and Judicial Affairs Workgroup and an expert in the Political Reform Workgroup. Between 1991 and 1998, he was a Member of Parliament in the Sejm. Between 1998 and 2007, he was a Constitutional Tribunal Justice. He is the author of several academic publications on constitutional law.
Physicist, University of Warsaw Professor In 1981, Mr. Nawrocki participated in the formulation of a citizen—initiated draft of a bill on higher education. After the imposition of martial law on December 13, 1981, he coordinated the activity of the underground Solidarity movement at the University of Warsaw. Beginning April, 1983, he coordinated the operations of the clandestine Social Committee of Science (Społeczny Komitet Nauki). Between June and September of 1986, he was a member of the clandestine Mazowsze County Executive Committee (Regionalny Komitet Wykonawczy).
Retired Supreme Court Justice Ms. Romer was the founder and, for eighteen years, the President of the IUSTITIA Polish Judges’ Association. In the Supreme Court, she adjudicated in the Labor Law, Social Security and Public Affairs Chamber. She is the author of numerous publications on the subject of labor law and an expert in systems of human rights protection.
Professor of University of Warsaw, Judge of the Constitutional Tribunal (2001-2010). Head of the Department of Constitutional Freedoms and Rights in the Office of the Commissioner for Citizens Rights (1988-1990), member of the Prime Minister’s Legislative Council (1990-1993 and 1996-2001), director of the Centre for Constitutionalism and Legal Culture at Institute of Public Affairs (1996-2001), member of the Legal Science Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, member of several scientific councils such as Legal Sciences Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences, National School of Public Administration, Institute of Sciences on State and Law and the Legal Administrative Studies Institute at University of Warsaw.