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header1 Issues of concern

  • Since taking power in 2015, the current government has aggressively asserted control over the judiciary, passing legislation designed to curb the constitutional court’s powers and install progovernment judges on its benches.
  • Recent years have seen an increase in nationalist and homophobic rhetoric, including from officials.
  • Poland’s handling of the immigration crisis on the border with Belarus has been characterized by a lack of transparency and access for humanitarian groups and independent media.
  • The government avoids consulting outside experts or civil society on policy ideas and tends to introduce and pass legislation rapidly, with little opportunity for debate or amendment.

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