Poland

Poland faces EU legal action over reforms undermining judicial independence

Poland’s conservative government is facing legal actions by the European Union over controversial judicial reforms adopted in April 2018. The European Union Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union argue that these reforms threaten independence of the judges and are in violation of the EU law. Additionally, the Human Rights Ombudsman faced serious threats by state-owned media, as LGBT marches proceeded defying threats, hate speech and ban attempts. Read more

Poland faces EU legal action over reforms undermining judicial independence

Ruling party steps up harassment to silence critical journalists and media outlets

Media reports alarmed that Sejm, the lower house of Parliament, adopted a draft amendment to the Penal Code related to public defamation. This latest move to strengthen criminalisation of defamation sends a chilling message to the media and it comes in the already worrying context of defamation being used against critical journalists and activists. Read more

Ruling party steps up harassment to silence critical journalists and media outlets

Media rights CSOs warn of growing legal pressure on independent journalists in Poland

In December 2018 and January 2019, the international media rights organisation, the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that legal pressure on independent journalists is growing in Poland. Read more

 Media rights CSOs warn of growing legal pressure on independent journalists in Poland

Polish ruling party pressures cinemas to stop showing clerical abuse film

Members of the Law and Justice (Pis) party have reportedly pressured cinemas to stop showing the film, which deals with abuse of children by members of the clergy. Read more

Polish ruling party pressures cinemas to stop showing clerical abuse film

Poland deports human rights activist as EU takes it to court over rule of law concerns

Lyudmyla Kozlovska, a Ukrainian activist based in Poland, has been deported and banned from entering the Schengen zone. Read more

Poland deports human rights activist as EU takes it to court over rule of law concerns

Government removes criminal sanctions from "Holocaust Law"

On 27th June, through an expedited process the Polish parliament passed amendments to the "Holocaust Law" which removed criminal sanctions for claiming Poland's complicity with Nazi crimes during WWII. Read more

Government removes criminal sanctions from "Holocaust Law"

State restricts protest on disability benefits

The Polish authorities took measures to restrict the visibility of a 40-day long protest by parents of people with disabilities. Read more

State restricts protest on disability benefits

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