Commissioner for Human Rights

A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Poland


Hanna Machińska, Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights, received a delegation from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) at the CHR Office. The meeting with the Ombudsman took place on October 28, 2022 and was preceded by a meeting with representatives of the Equal Treatment Team at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights. The Commission delegation included ECRI members Domenica Ghidei Biidu and Ögmundur Jónasson, and representatives of the ECRI Secretariat Aida Farkas and Mats Lindberg. The ECRI delegation visited Poland on October 24-28, 2022 as part of the sixth monitoring cycle. The purpose of the visit was to gather information on effective equality and access to rights, hate speech and hate violence, as well as integration and social inclusion. The Commission visit will result in a monitoring report containing recommendations on measures to be taken by national authorities to prevent and combat racism and intolerance. The implementation of the priority recommendations will be reviewed two years after the publication of the report as part of ECRI's interim follow-up procedure. The previous report on Poland was published by the Commission in 2015.

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, established by the Council of Europe, is an independent human rights monitoring body specialized in combating racism, discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance. As part of its activities, it monitors individual countries and analyzes the situation in the field of racism and intolerance, and formulates suggestions and proposals on how to deal with the identified problems. Monitoring of individual countries takes place in five-year cycles and applies equally to all member states of the Council of Europe.