Crime Victims Day in Poland Date in the current year: February 22, 2024

Crime Victims Day in Poland Crime Victims Day (Dzień Ofiar Przestępstw) is a statutory holiday in Poland celebrated on February 22. It coincides with European Day for Victims of Crime that has been celebrated annually since the late 1980s.

In 1988, the European Parliament declared February 22 as European Day for Victims of Crime. Two years later, the Cabinet of the United Kingdom adopted the Victims of Crime Charter, a legal document setting the rights and duties of victims of crime, such as the right to be treated with courtesy and respect, the right to information, the right to seek protection and compensation, the right to proper facilities at court, etc.

Crime Victims Day in Poland was declared in statute adopted by the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish parliament) on February 12, 2003. Its main goal is to raise public awareness about the importance of monitoring the situation of crime victims and taking action to improve their position and ensure that their rights aren’t violated.

February 22 is the first day of Crime Victims Aid Week in Poland. This is a campaign aimed to provide free legal assistance to victims of crime. One of the main organizers is the Ministry of Justice of Poland. A list of places where victims can apply for help can be found on the Ministry’s website.

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