The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a human rights body of the Council of Europe praised Poland for progress in combating online hate speech.
In a recently published report on the implementation of its past recommendations on fighting hate speech, ECRI reviewed a number of countries. In looking at Poland, European experts revisited ECRI 2015 recommendations for Poland with respect to measures that ought to be taken to combat hate speech and racism in the country.
In the report, the Commission noted that Poland has made measurable progress in enforcing the recommendations, especially in extending police competencies in the monitoring of hate crimes.
“Poland's undertakings in the matter fully answered to the Commission's recommendations,” ECRI wrote in the report.
This is good news for Poland which has been fighting with xenophobic and nationalistic elements among its population.
The country got a fair share of bad press across the globe last fall when the annual Independence March in Warsaw attracted groups of nationalists and neo-fascists, although violence had decreased over previous years.
Polish demographics have changed significantly post WWII, with the country becoming largely ethnically homogenous – with CIA World Factbook saying that 98.2 percent of the population being made up of ethnic Poles.