Germany, Poland, Sweden expel Russian diplomats in reciprocity

Moscow’s expulsion of three diplomats from EU countries last week prompts a coordinated tit-for-tat response from Germany, Poland and Sweden. Germany, Poland and Sweden have expelled an employee of Russia’s embassy in each country, in a coordinated tit-for-tat response to Moscow’s expulsion last week of a German, a Polish and a Swedish diplomat. The German […]

COVID: Poland decides against giving elderly AstraZeneca vaccine

Meanwhile, Sweden’s health agency said it would not recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over 65. Amid mounting questions over the efficacy of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine on people over 65, Poland has said it will only use the shot on people aged 18-60, the Polish prime minister’s top aide said, following a recommendation from […]

Protests hit Poland as near-total abortion ban takes effect

Court ruling bans all abortions except in cases of rape and incest, or when the mother’s life or health are considered to be at risk. Armed with red paint and defying coronavirus restrictions, hundreds of Poles rallied in Warsaw on Thursday against a controversial court verdict imposing a near-total ban on abortion. Protesters also took […]

‘Declaration of War’: Protesters in Poland Vow to Fight Abortion Ban

Women’s rights advocates and allies in Poland vowed on Thursday to continue to fight a near-total ban on abortion, calling it a breach of human rights and a sign that the country is regressing. The constitutional court ruling, which abruptly came into effect Wednesday night, tightened Poland’s already restrictive laws to further ban abortions in […]

Near-Total Abortion Ban Takes Effect in Poland, and Thousands Protest

A contentious near-total ban on abortion in Poland went into effect late Wednesday, despite rampant opposition from hundreds of thousands of Poles who began protesting in the fall in the largest demonstrations in the country since the 1989 collapse of communism. Thousands of outraged women, teenagers and allies returned to the streets Wednesday night bundled […]

‘Demographic crisis’: Poland population shrinking under pandemic

As deaths spike at rates not seen since World War II, births are declining. Statistics for 2020 show deaths spiked in Poland to a level unseen since World War II and births sharply declined, trends attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and described by some as a demographic crisis. The data reported on Tuesday by the […]

On eve of Black Friday, Amnesty pushes Amazon on workers’ rights

Amazon should not risk the health and safety of its employees to meet Black Friday shopping demands, Amnesty International warned on Thursday, accusing the online retail giant of clamping down on employees’ right to demand better working conditions. In a report (PDF) called “Amazon, Let Workers Unionize!”, the human rights group said Amazon has undermined […]

Poland: Far-right ‘hooligans’ clash with police at Warsaw march #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Clashes break out after thousands joined banned Independence Day march shunning LGBTQ and communist groups amid coronavirus restrictions. Polish nationalists and far-right individuals have clashed with police as thousands defied a coronavirus pandemic-related ban to join a self-styled “independence march” through the capital, Warsaw. The unrest on Wednesday erupted broke out after the participants ignored […]

Thousands protest in Poland for abortion rights #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Rallies come after a court ruled an existing law allowing abortion of damaged foetuses was incompatible with the constitution. Protesters from across Poland defied coronavirus restrictions to demonstrate in Warsaw against a court ruling that bans almost all abortions. “We’re prepared to fight till the end,” Marta Lempart, co-founder of the Women’s Strike movement, told […]

Polish court allows stricter abortion law, sparking outcry #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Chief justice says existing legislation that allowed abortion of malformed fetuses was ‘incompatible’ with the constitution. Poland’s constitutional court has struck down a provision of the country’s abortion law allowing Europe’s most strict legislation to be further tightened and provoking an outcry from rights groups. Chief justice Julia Przylebska said in a ruling on Thursday […]