Commissioner for Human Rights

Wojciech Brzozowski met with the ambassadors of Australia, Norway and Canada to talk about the rights of LGBTQIA+ people


On May 17, 2024, Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights Wojciech Brzozowski met with the Australian Ambassador Benjamin Hayes, the Norwegian Ambassador Øystein Bø and the Canadian Ambassador Catherine Godin. The diplomats presented the Commissioner with a letter of support for activities for equal rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The date of the meeting is not accidental - May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Wojciech Brzozowski was accompanied by Justyna Jezierska from the Equal Treatment Team.

The conversation concerned the situation of LGBTQIA+ people in Poland and actions that could lead to an increase in the level of protection of their rights. Hate crimes and support for the postulates of the LGBTQIA+ community in society were also discussed. The ambassadors presented the evolution of legal solutions regarding the rights of LGBTQIA+ people in their home countries.

Presenting the letter on behalf of 47 embassies and representative offices of international institutions in Poland, the diplomats emphasized support for efforts to raise public awareness of the problems faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. Wojciech Brzozowski assured that the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights is and will remain an ally of minorities demanding equal rights and respect for their dignity.

Diplomats and representatives of international organizations accredited in Poland have been publishing an open letter expressing support for the LGBTQIA+ community for over 10 years. This year, the letter has been coordinated by the Australian Embassy in Poland.

The previous letter of support was published in May 2023. Its preparation was then coordinated by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Poland.