Annual Report 2017/18
Time and again in 2017 we saw how resilient, creative, and adaptable human rights defenders can be in the face of repression.
Poland’s President Duda signs Holocaust bill into law
Poland’s president has signed into law a controversial amendment to National Remembrance Institute Act. In HFHR’s view it may lead to an unreasonable interference with the freedom of expression.
EU must respond to ill democracy
The case study Resisting Ill Democracies in Europe continues to make an impact in capitals across Europe. Last week, the NGOs publishing it were in Brussels to raise the issue with MEPs and engage the EU in the discussion.
Brussels Launch: Ill Democracy in Europe
Resisting Ill Democracies in Croatia, Hungary, and Poland: Join us for the presentation of a case study showing common trends and how illiberal governments put human rights and the rule of law at risk.
Poland: Healthy democracies are open to dialogue
Despite two years of calls from key international mechanisms and experts, the Polish authorities continue to rebuff criticism and implement measures impeding human rights, the rule of law, and the independence of the judiciary.
Launch: Resisting Ill Democracies in Europe
From emerging democracies in transition, illiberal governments have rapidly transformed Hungary and Poland into ill democracies, have attempted to do so in Croatia, and are slowly and carefully entertaining an illiberal platform in Serbia, according to the new case study Resisting Ill Democracies in Europe.
UN expert: Rule of law under threat in Poland
“The reform undertaken by the Government, presented as a cure, appears to be worse than the disease affecting the Polish judiciary” declared the UN expert on the independence of the judiciary, concluding his visit to Poland last week.
Poland risks becoming “dictatorship of majority”
“If you are the ruling party and you have the absolute majority, you have to stick to the rule of law.”
Poland: Acceptance must lead to implementation
Poland has accepted many of the recommendations put forward as part of its human rights review at the United Nations. It remains to be seen whether it will implement them.