Authoritarians in Hungary, Poland and Slovenia abused the pandemic to continue eroding democratic standards, but traditionally strong democracies also disappoint.
As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, on 22nd October 2020, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled that abortion due to foetal abnormality is unconstitutional.
When Poland's autocratic government imposes abortion ban, threatens free courts, LGBTQ people, they attack democracy & human rights. The EU must step up.
Three Polish women are on trial for offending religious feelings by making posters of Poland’s holiest icon of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo.
The interpretative declaration might seem like an insignificant concession, because it’s not legally binding. But it’s likely to render the conditionality mechanism useless in practice. And it’s just not needed to unblock the budget.
Why are Fidesz and PiS so opposed to rule of law conditionality, and can the EU get its budget and corona recovery package through without them?
As reported in our previous update, on 22nd October 2020 the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland ruled that access to abortion care on the grounds of “severe and irreversible foetal defect or incurable illness.
The European Commission released its first-ever EU Rule of Law Report. Liberties welcomes the Report but warns that such reports must not just be a box-ticking exercise.
LGBTQ rights. Rule of law. Democracy.
The Istanbul Convention’s sole objective is to combat violence against women and domestic violence.