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Poland: Arrests and refusal of entry to environmentalists during the COP24 climate talks

, Index number: EUR 37/9550/2018

At least 13 staff members and activists of environmental organizations were refused entry to Poland over the weekend during the UN Conference on Climate Change, COP24, held in Katowice. In addition, three staff members of environmental organizations were questioned in their hotels about their IDs by the border police in Katowice. Two of them were arrested and detained for 12 hours. Amnesty International is alarmed by what appears to be deliberate targeting of environmental human rights defenders during the climate conference in Katowice. The authorities in Poland must stop harassing environmentalists and activists with unjustified interventions against their right to participate in the climate conference.

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