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June 12, 2018

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.

February 21, 2018

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.

January 18, 2018

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.

January 8, 2018

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.

December 15, 2017

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.

December 8, 2017

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.

November 1, 2017

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.

October 13, 2017

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.”

September 26, 2017

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.