Europe Update

We have some great news to celebrate! On 2 March the court declared the verdict in the trial against our 3 brave Women Human Rights defenders who were absurdly charged with”insulting religion” which in Poland can carry a prison sentence of 2 years. Despite the political pressures on judges by the Minister of Justice and government controlled institutions a judge has declared the verdict of “not guilty”. Thank you for all those who promoted the on-line action (over 160000 signatures world-wide, more than 40000 from the UK) , sent letters to the Public Prosecutor, lobbied MP’s took part in solidarity action, this has strengthened the Human Rights and Civil Rights movements in Poland and strengthened judges to resist interference and intimidation from the government. The Minister of Justice can still appeal the decision, but lets hope he doesn’t. Please find the full press release here :

Now its time to celebrate ! Join us on International Women’s day Monday at 6pm on-line and hear from Joanna, straight from the court room and listen to Olivia and Mola from the front-line of the Polish Women’s strike. Introductions by Kate Allen director of Amnesty UK and Kasia from the International Polish Women Council. Please register at the link below.
Here’s the registration link for the event: