A man waves the Polish flag prior to a nationalist demonstration during Independence Day celebrations on November 11, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

WARSAW — A Polish opposition party said Saturday it had urged leaders of international organizations to send observers to parliament to oversee voting on a law that would force the entire Supreme Court into retirement and impose ministerial control over the selection of judges.
In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the heads of several European tribunals and human rights watchdogs, the Nowoczesna (Modern) party said passing of the law would mean that “Poland will cease not only to be a liberal democracy but a democracy at all.”
“We ask that your representatives visit Poland on 18-20 July,” the letter from Poland’s second largest opposition party said. “Poland’s parliamentary opposition is determined to defend the country’s rule of law and its Constitution.”
The letter was published after Poland’s Senate, in the early hours of Saturday morning, approved two other laws — one of which disbands an independent …