Poland

The government actively undermines the rule of law and human rights protection and curbs free expression and assembly. Judges and prosecutors face disciplinary proceedings for standing up for the rule of law. Civil society organization working on women’s rights and migration have had their state funding cut. Poland’s LGBT community has been under regular attack by the ruling party, declaring some towns “LGBT free zones.” Polish border guards routinely deny access to asylum at the Belarus-Poland border and summarily return asylum seekers to Belarus. Criminal investigations into a secret CIA detention program on Polish territory are stalled.