Several dozen people gathered beside a frozen lake in eastern Poland this weekend to build a thousand snowmen to raise money for a sick toddler.
CIVICUS, which track civic freedoms, put Poland on its human rights watchlist over the government's alleged attacks on judicial independence, women's rights, media independence and LGBTIQ+ people.
The shoreline in the coastal town of Międzyzdroje froze over, turning the normally sandy beach into an Arctic landscape of snow and ice.
A leader of the Polish Women’s Strike, the movement that has led mass nationwide protests against a near total abortion ban in Poland, has been charged with criminal felonies.
Protests against Poland's new abortion law take place in cities across the country.
The controversial ban on abortion in nearly all circumstances was delayed by the government due to widespread protests over the measure.
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The activists could face up to two years in prison if convicted on charges of offending religious sentiment and desecration of Poland's most revered icon, the Mother of God of Czestochowa.
New restrictions brought in by the Polish government are in place for three weeks, and they include a ban on moving around on New Year's Eve.
Thousands demonstrated in Warsaw to protest against a Constitutional Court ruling imposing an almost total ban on abortion in Poland, and also to demand the resignation of the ruling PiS government.
As well as women protesting the country's high court ruling restricting abortion, farmers and entrepreneurs also vented their anger at the PiS government on Sunday's march.
Critics of the right-wing government called it a dark day for media freedom, since it effectively means the government is seizing control of an important publisher of independent news.
"We can't allow our daughters to have fewer rights than their mothers and that's what's happening right now in Poland," said MEP Iratxe Garcia Perez.
Protests have raged in Poland following a court ruling that imposed a near-total ban on abortion.