Poland

Nationalistic feelings surge during large Independence Day march

Some described the Independence Day march in Warsaw as "a magnet for worldwide far-right groups". Read more

Nationalistic feelings surge during large Independence Day march

"Sound the alarm; take an interest in Poland" says NGO after raid

The offices of two women's empowerment organisations were raided by Police on Wednesday 4th October 2017, shortly after an abortion protest. CIVICUS speaks to one organisation about their concerns following the raid. Read more

"Sound the alarm; take an interest in Poland" says NGO after raid

Poland protests in defence of democracy and an independent judiciary

Polish citizens have mobilised in mass protests "w obronie sądów" (in defence of the judiciary) against three controversial bills that would reform the judiciary in such a way that it would further lose its independence as a separate branch of the government. Read more

Poland protests in defence of democracy and an independent judiciary

Poles continue to oppose the govenrment through protest

In January 2017, student-led protests were held in major cities throughout Poland. The protests remained peaceful with no reports of any incidents. Read more

Poles continue to oppose the govenrment through protest

New protest law continues the erosion of civic space in Poland

Poland's parliament passed restrictive new protests law in the face of widespread popular opposition to the move. Read more

New protest law continues the erosion of civic space in Poland

Media attacks, resignations damage state-civil society relations in Poland

In the last month, CSOs in Poland reported oa noticeable increase in media attacks directed at civil society. Read more

Media attacks, resignations damage state-civil society relations in Poland

Protest rights well-respected during large abortion demonstrations

Despite Poland's democratic decline over recent months, protest rights are still being respected.
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Protest rights well-respected during large abortion demonstrations

Expression

The media in Poland is mostly independent and diverse, and freedom of expression and freedom from censorship are constitutionally protected. Read more

Peaceful Assembly

Most recently, tens of thousands took to the streets and organized other meetings and events as part of the “Black protests” to express their opposition to a proposed total ban on abortion. Read more