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DECISION MAKERS SHOULD ACT NOW. The degradation of the rule of law is enabling attacks against human rights defenders. Politically appointed prosecutors are targeting human rights defenders, while charges for police and far-right violence are being dropped. Poland is also the only EU Member State that combines the positions of Minister of Justice and Prosecutor-General, going against international standards.

Human rights defenders are fighting for a democratic Poland. They need your support.

Together you can hold the Polish government accountable for its state-led intimidation campaign against human rights defenders.

We ask the EU:

  • to not approve the COVID-19 Recovery Fund going to Poland unless there is an efficient monitoring system in place to ensure that funds won’t be used to further attack human rights defenders and undermine the rule of law.
  • to urgently implement the new mechanism that links EU funding to respect for core democratic values thus preventing the political distribution of EU money that would cement authoritarian power in Poland.
We ask the European Commission:

  • to launch an infringement procedure on the illegitimate, politically appointed Constitutional Tribunal, which the ruling coalition uses to further undermine human rights and the rule of law, as called for by the European Parliament.
  • to use the new Rule of Law Mechanism and Annual Reports to make recommendations and hold the Polish government accountable on the separation of powers and respect for human rights and democracy.
  • to update their Reasoned Proposal on the state of the rule of law in Poland following further deterioration and breaches.
  • to fund human rights defenders and women’s rights organisations through the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme, so that they can continue their work protecting EU values.
We ask EU Member States:

  • to continue Article 7 proceedings against Poland for vast abuses of the rule of law and fundamental rights, and call on the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU to hold a Hearing on the matter.
  • to make full use of Article 7 to hold the Polish government accountable, including to adopt a concrete Rule of Law Recommendation which the Polish government should urgently implement, and to move swiftly towards determining that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.
  • to use the new Rule of Law Mechanism and related peer review to hold the Polish government accountable.
  • to publicly denounce the actions taken by the Polish government, who violently repressed legal and peaceful protests, continues to harass human rights defenders, and not comply with the rule of law.
  • to politically and financially support human rights defenders and women’s rights organisations in the EU and beyond.

Thank you for supporting human rights defenders today.