Elżbieta Podleśna has been charged and could face two years in prison after being accused of owning a poster of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo.

Elżbieta is one of many activists who are being attacked for taking a stand against discrimination in Poland.

Email Poland’s Prosecutor General and demand this ludicrous investigation to be stopped immediately.

Poland: Drop charges against LGBTI+ activist Elżbieta

The situation

The police raided Elżbieta’s house early in the morning on 6 May, immediately after she returned from an Amnesty International trip to Belgium and the Netherlands.
 
They claimed to have found posters of the Virgin Mary with a halo in the rainbow colours of the LGBTI pride flag. 
 
The police arrested Elżbieta and detained her for several hours, and confiscated her electronic equipment, including laptop, phone and memory cards. 

After almost a year under investigation, Elżbieta has been charged with ‘offending religious beliefs’ and could face two years in prison.

Ludicrous investigation

Having a poster like this should not be a crime. Everyone has a right to express themselves and their beliefs.
 
There’s no evidence of a crime being committed here, which means Elżbieta has simply been targeted for her peaceful activism.
 
This is just another example of the unacceptable harassment faced by Elżbieta and other LGBTI rights activists in Poland.
 
We cannot stand for it.

Poland’s worrying attack on activists

Elżbieta is one of many activists who are taking a stand against discrimination in Poland.
 
Since the right wing Law and Justice party came to power in 2015, human rights defenders like her have faced escalating smears, harassment and withdrawing funding.
 
We cannot allow awful human rights abuses like this to happen on our doorstep.
 
This absurd investigation must be stopped. Please help by emailing the Polish Prosecutor General today.