Poland: UN Human Rights Office troubled by shrinking civic space, growing extremist rhetoric

Over the past two-and-a-half years, through a series of new or amended laws and policies, the Office of the Prosecutor-General has been politicized, judiciary oversight of anti-terrorism activities restricted, and Executive control over the judiciary, the media and over funding for civil society tightened. Several independent institutions have either been dissolved, weakened, subjected to or threatened with funding cuts or smeared publicly by leading political figures and media outlets. The European Commission has warned that, seen as a whole, these developments present a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.

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