The government actively undermines the rule of law and human rights protection and curbs free expression and assembly. Judges and prosecutors face disciplinary proceedings for standing up for the rule of law. Civil society organization working on women’s rights and migration have had their state funding cut. Poland’s LGBT community has been under regular attack by the ruling party, declaring some towns “LGBT free zones.” Polish border guards routinely deny access to asylum at the Belarus-Poland border and summarily return asylum seekers to Belarus. Criminal investigations into a secret CIA detention program on Polish territory are stalled.

  • Europe/Central Asia
    We are writing to raise our longstanding and grave concerns concerning the deterioration of the rule of law and fundamental rights in Poland. In light of recent developments and continued and persistent attacks against the rule of law and human rights in Poland, we believe it is critical for the European Commission to issue an update to its Reasoned Proposal under Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) expanding the scope of the ongoing procedure to include violations of EU values as set out in Article 2 TEU.
  • Europe/Central Asia
    Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, speaks with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a round table meeting at an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, December 10, 2020. 
    EU Favors Autocrats over Values
  • Europe/Central Asia
    On November 16, two EU member states blocked the adoption of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) and the COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) in an attempt to prevent the adoption of conditionalities for the protection of the EU budget from breaches of the principles of the rule of law. This move has created a grave political crisis for the European Union.
    NGO Letter to Chancellor Merkel