Letters about violations of human rights

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Grójec, 24th November 2014

 

 

Mr Andrzej Grzyb

Coordinator of the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament

 

Dear Sir,

We are writing to express our point of view on a sentence given to Endy Gęsina-Torres, who made a footage about a horrible situation in the refugees’ center in Białystok. He was accused and convicted to pay a PLN 2000,00 fine. We strongly disagree with this judgement.

Endy Gęsina- Torres in his reportage wanted to show the conditions in the refugees’ center in Białystok. He was caught at the border and the police put him in the refugee center. Endy introduced himself as a Cuban and signed papers with a false name. He lied about his family story and hard life situation. Thanks to this for three weeks he could stay with other refugees. He was able to know their violent stories and he saw how the staff treated their subordinates. Endy Gęsina- Torres recorded every situation with his hidden camera . Thanks to that he could make a reportage. All the people in Poland and other countries can find out about the scandalous behavior in this center. The crime came to light and the reporter was accused of breaking the law.

We strongly disagree with the sentence. He was wrongly accused. He was wrongly sentenced. Endy
Gęsina- Torres worked in defense of human rights. Moreover, he wanted to change the situation in the refugees center. What is more, he is a journalist so showing the truth was his duty. He had a good intention and it is all that matters. Endy Gęsina-Torres should not have been sentenced. He had broken the law but in good faith. Thanks to him, now refugees have better life in such places.

I hope this matter will be reconsidered and Endy Gęsina Torres will be found innocent. Thank you in advance for your assistance. I look forward to hearing from you.


Yours faithfully

Martyna Zieja and Milena Wojda

Comenius Project partcipants

Grójec, 24th November 2014

 

Mr Dean Spielmann

President of European Court of Human Rights

 

 

Dear Mr. Spielmann,

We are writing in connection with the case of Polish TV journalist Endy Gęsina-Torres, who was punished to pay the fine of PLN2000,00. We disagree with that unfair judgement. Even, if he had forged his identity documents to be able to get access into the refugee centre, he did it for sake of refugees’ rights. He reported the results of his investigation in Tomasz Sekielski’s TV programme called “Po prostu”.

This programme maintained a wave of indignation among the viewers. Immediately after that, he was arrested and then accused of breaking the law. The judge made him guilty and punished him.

First of all, the journalist knew he was breaking the law, but he did it to protect human rights. He was aware there was no other way to get inside the centre. Moreover, he did not hurt anyone, instead of this, Endy was risking his life and career.

Moreover, policemen also use false identity to improve their investigation progress, and even if it is against the law, they are not punished. Why should Endy Gęsina-Torres be punished for having taken a similar step? Why couldn’t he do it if he was acting in good will?

Upon all these arguments given above we have made a conclusion that there are equal and more equal people. Endy Gęsina-Torres acted the same way as the police tell us they do – he served and protected the human rights – that is, indeed, why we think this judgement was just unfair.

We hope to get a positive response soon and we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

 

Michal Lukaszczyk and Bartosz Malachowski

Comenius Project participants

 

Grójec, 24th November 2014

 

 

Mr Andrzej Grzyb

Coordinator of the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament

 

Dear Sir,

We are writing to express our point of view on the case of Endy Gęsina – Torres, a Polish journalist.

Last January his boss let him make reportage about a bad situation in the Refugee Centre in Białystok. He pretended to be a refugee and he faked documents. He was accused of that. We disagree with the sentence he got.

Firstly, he was doing it because it was his job. As a journalist he wanted to show the truth. His action was against violating human rights. There were no bad effects on society.

Secondly, he changed his personal details not to break the law, just to help refugees. He wanted to find out how the human rights were violated. He got to know that there wasn’t any medical care and the refugees were treated as criminals. They could go out only for one hour a day, their dignity was violated when they had to clean the toilets.

He worked undercover to prevent this kind of situations and show the suffering of the people who lived there. Those arguments confirm that he shouldn’t have been punished.

We hope this matter will win your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours faithfully

Inga Sierakowska and Karolina Lisowska

Comenius Project participants

                                                                      

 

Grójec, 24th November 2014

 

Mr Dean Spielmann

President of European Court of Human Rights

 

Dear Mr Spielman,

         We are writing to express our point of view on a journalist of Polish television, Endy Gęsina- Torres, who pretended to be a refugee from Cuba and for three weeks he stayed in a closed Refugee Centre. By means of a hidden camera he recorded and showed the terrible situation there and helped change it. It was in January 2013. Later he had to go on trial.

         Please use your influence and authority to help him. The sentence is unfair. In our opinion Gęsina- Torres is innocent.

         First of all, he did not agree with violating people’s dignity and human rights. He was interested in such an important subject because he felt that it was his duty as a journalist to present all people these facts. He just wanted to fight against aggression, physical and mental bullying and show how people are humiliated by border services.

         What’s more, pretending to be someone else he did not commit a crime, because he is a journalist and they have some special rights. He took action in aid of social interest and common good. His reportage has caused improvement in facilities and situation in the Refugee Centre. Because of his action he did not get any personal benefit.

To sum up, he shouldn’t have been sentenced.

We hope our ideas will be taken into consideration.

 

Yours faithfully.

 

Sara Luks and Żaneta Chmielewiec,

Comenius Project participants