Campaign by Defend the Defenders, accessible here.
Human rights defenders in Poland have been working tirelessly for years to fight the dismantling of the rule of law and human rights. They continue to do so in the face of increasing oppression, orchestrated and encouraged by the government – including intimidation, detention, and criminal charges. Many have been subjected to threats and attacks, both from state actors and far-right groups. The Polish Women’s Strike and other organisations have received bomb threats and now need to have security at their buildings. Activists are also being targeted with smear campaigns in state-owned media. The actions of the police have been insufficient to ensure their protection.
Read their stories here.
CALL TO ACTION
The European Union is now set to move forward with proceedings against Poland for violations of European values, by holding hearings under Article 7(1) TEU on June 22. We need the EU to take concrete action against breaches of the rule of law and impact on human rights, including women’s human rights in Poland.