Poland: European Commission takes unprecedented step for rights violations

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The decision taken today by the European Commission to trigger Article 7 against Poland is a clear message that repeatedly flouting the rule of law and the other EU’s founding principles is not without consequences.

FIDH has vigorously advocated for such a strong step to be taken in the face of the Polish government’s persistent attempts to undermine the rule of law and human rights. Over the past two years, FIDH has accompanied Polish civil society in defending their rights by speaking out against these violations. Beyond attacks against the independence of the judiciary, human rights are violated across the board. From freedom of expression and assembly, media freedom, the right to asylum to women’s sexual and reproductive rights, the space for civil society has been dramatically shrinking.

It is now for EU governments to take responsibility to halt this backsliding and ensure that Poland complies with its obligations under the Treaties.

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