Poland’s state of emergency on Belarus border explained - Patryk Wachowiec, Notes from Poland | 2021-09-06more
The officially stated purpose is to ensure public order amid an ongoing surge in attempts to cross the border illegally. However, taking into account events at the border and the government’s track record, there are legitimate doubts as to the real reasons behind such an extraordinary measure.
Poland Needs Deeds, Not Words. It's Time for the EU to Act - Eliza Rutynowska, Gazeta Wyborcza | 2021-08-05more
Mayday. We are sinking. This is the only message I can think of as a lawyer in an EU member state where democracy is rapidly backsliding.
Human rights violations and the erosion of the rule of law in Poland - Eliza Rutynowska, Activism Academy | 2021-07-07more
Poland’s erosion of the rule of law has set an alarming precedent in Europe. A democratically elected government turning against the foundations of democracy itself and stripping its citizens of basic human rights is indeed a shocking scenario, happening right in front of our eyes. We have invited Eliza Rutynowska, lawyer at the Civil Development Forum in Poland.
The ban on spontaneous assemblies “eliminates the political rights of citizens” - Eliza Rutynowska, PolishNews | 2021-06-05more
According to Rutynowska, in the case of spontaneous assemblies “we are dealing with a situation of such a split personality”. – On the one hand, we do not even have a state of natural disaster, and the measures used are radically disproportionate. At the same time, other restrictions are being loosened, which are less important socially, less important from the point of view of enforcing our rights and freedoms – she pointed out.
Three reasons why the Polish government’s war on human freedoms is also your problem - Eliza Rutynowska, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Brussels | 2021-06-03more
Modern-day authoritarians will boil you like a frog, whilst slowly turning up the heat. As a citizen of a democratic state, governed by the rule of law, you won’t suddenly wake up one day to find yourself in an authoritarian regime. It will creep up on you. Hiding behind empty slogans such as “regaining national sovereignty” and “national pride”.
Eliza Rutynowska: The pandemic assault on freedom of assembly in Poland – a case study, European Liberal Forum | 2021-03-15more
Regardless of the fact that citizens should focus on protecting their own health and that of third parties, the pandemic cannot become a comfortable excuse for abuse of power and the limitation of freedom of speech, which it has become – as per the Polish example.
Marek Tatała: Unemployment in Poland drops to lowest level in entire EU, Warsaw Business Journal | 2021-03-07more
In January 2021, the unemployment rate in Poland was 3.1 percent, which is the lowest result in the entire European Union, according to data provided by Eurostat.
Patryk Wachowiec: Judge critical of Polish government barred from returning to work as dispute over judiciary deepens, Notes from Poland | 2021-03-01more
“We can effectively observe two legal systems within one member state of the European Union,” says Patryk Wachowiec, a legal analyst at the Civil Development Forum (FOR). He warns that this could “paralyse” aspects of EU law.
Eliza Rutynowska: Polish women's strike activists targeted by the state: our livelihoods and families are under threat, CIVICUS Monitor | 2021-02-17more
Eliza Rutynowska, lawyer at the Civil Development Forum (FOR), told the CIVICUS Monitor that, on 28th January 2021, approximately 100 people were kettled by the police in front of the Constitutional Tribunal building in Warsaw, and forced to show their IDs in order to be allowed to leave the assembly.