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.
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.
The state should abolish the bank tax and privatize some banks – including such recommendations for the banking sector are presented by Stefan Kawalec, president of the consulting company Capital Strategy, former deputy finance minister, and one of the co-founders of the so-called Balcerowicz plan, in his new report for the Civic Development Forum.
Patryk Wachowiec: Courts challenge legality of Poland’s lockdown, encouraging businesses to reopen, Notes From Poland | 2021-02-02more
A series of court judgements have challenged the legality of coronavirus restrictions introduced by the Polish government. This has encouraged a growing number of businesses to reopen in defiance lockdown measures, which they argue are unconstitutional.
Despite mass protests, global criticism, and already strict abortion laws, the country’s government has rolled back women’s rights even further.