Poland

State continues to constrict civic space but Polish civil society pushes back

Large-scale anti-abortion protests and reaction to Poland's new "antisemitism" law have led to increased pressure on basic freedoms. Read more

State continues to constrict civic space but Polish civil society pushes back

Civil society worries over chilling effect of Holocaust Law on free speech

In January, both houses of the Polish parliament approved a controversial bill - the National Remembrance Institute Act (also known as the Holocaust Law) - that criminalises statements that “publicly and against the facts ascribe responsibility or co-responsibility for the crimes perpetrated by the Third German Reich to the Polish nation or the Polish state”. Read more

Civil society worries over chilling effect of Holocaust Law on free speech

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