Draft Anti-terrorism Act

Polish government claims that the draft Anti-terrorism Law is necessary in order to increase coordination of the intelligence agencies and prepare for potential security threats related to the upcoming NATO summit (July 2016) and World Youth Day (June 2016). While the need to enhance management of information flows among the existing agencies and introduce better coordination mechanisms seems evident, the proposed law is going much further in terms of limiting fundamental rights, especially when it comes to foreigners living in or visiting the country.

  • Appeal
    Appeal and comment of Panoptykon Foundation
    Panoptykon Foundation believes that the proposed law contains certain measures that are inconsistent with the Polish Constitution and with the European Convention on Human Rights. In fact, discriminatory treatment of foreigners (including other EU nationals) is at the very essence of the proposal. Regardless of the criticism coming from inside and outside of the country, the government wants the new law to enter into force on June 1, 2016.
  • Opinion
    Opinion of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
    This analysis of the draft Anti-terrorist Act presents the key concerns, including broad definition of “an event of a terrorist nature", the scope of operational control towards foreigners and the possibility of blocking of access to Internet websites/online content.
  • Statement
    Statement of the Amnesty International
    A bill consolidates sweeping powers, including enhanced surveillance capacity, in the hands of the Internal Security Agency (ISA), with no independent oversight mechanism to prevent abuse and ensure proper accountability. The bill risks violating the rights to liberty, privacy, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and non-discrimination.