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Freedom of Assembly Bill Troubles Polish Ombudsman, Rights Activists

Poland's ombudsman and human rights campaigners have criticized a bill they say will undermine Poles' right to freedom of assembly by making it much harder to stage counter-demonstrations to rallies sponsored by the state or the church. Lawmakers of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) approved the bill on its first reading in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, part of a wave of legislation the government says aims to strengthen traditional Catholic and...

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