We are worried that Poland is going the way of Hungary or Russia, with NGOs having to register with the government as ‘foreign agents’. They are testing the water, and the more silent we remain, the braver they will be.


The Polish prime minister, Beata Szydło, has angered human rights campaigners by announcing plans for a new department of civil society to centralise state funding and “bring order to the whole sphere of NGOs”.

Law and Justice has been accused of turning accepted notions of human rights upside down by portraying advocates of minority rights and anti-discrimination legislation as a threat to the rights and freedoms of Poland’s Catholic majority.

You can read my report here.