Poland - Overview

The Polish constitution enshrines protections for the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and these rights have for the most part been respected. This has enabled an active and extensive civil society to emerge. However, there are concerns that in the context of a constitutional crisis and general erosion of the rule of law, basic freedoms are being undermined. On 22 June 2016, President Andrzej Duda approved a new anti-terrorism law, which representing a threat to the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.