Elżbieta Podleśna ©Amnesty International/Grzegorz ŻukowskiDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 62/19 HERE
On 6 May at around 6am, police officers raided the home of prominent human rights defender Elżbieta Podleśna. They arrested her and kept her in detention for several hours. The police claimed to have found in her home copies of posters depicting the Virgin Mary with a halo around head and shoulders in the colours of the LGBTI flag. The police also confiscated her electronic equipment, including her laptop, phone and memory cards.
Elżbieta Podleśna is being investigated for “offending religious beliefs”, a criminal offence that carries up to two years’ imprisonment. She is being targeted for her human rights activism and this absurd investigation must be stopped. Having, creating or distributing posters of this nature should not be a criminal offence, and is protected under the right to freedom of expression.