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Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, E/CN.4/2006/95/Add.5, March 6, 2006: Poland

1356. From the establishment of her mandate until 1 December 2005, the Special Representative has sent one communication to the Government of Poland. The communication concerned an incident where a mayor banned an Equality March, which had been organized by a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and women’s rights organizations. The ban was reportedly issued on grounds of security concerns. Reportedly, despite the ban, a few hundred protestors gathered on 20 November 2005 for a demonstration and were thereafter harassed and intimidated by members of a right wing group known as the All Polish Youth. It was also reported that the police roughly handled several individuals and arrested and interrogated over 65 persons, who were later released. The Special Representative thanks the Government for its response to this communication.

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