Poland - Landmark decision of the Supreme Court regarding rights of same-sex partners in criminal law (PDF 101 kB)
Poland - New Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment with different mandate, problems with the budget of the Ombud – Polish Equality Body (PDF 95 kB)
Poland - First case of discrimination by association on the ground of sexual orientation in Poland (PDF 80 kB)
Poland - Persons with disabilities deprived of the possibility to hold the offices of mayors of villages, towns or cities (PDF 58kB)
Poland - Minister of Education finally implements 2010’ ECHR Grzelak judgement regarding access to ethics classes in schools (64kB)
Poland - Polish Constitutional Tribunal held unconstitutional law enabling exemption from the service of police officer or fire-fighter because of chronic hepatitis, HIV or AIDS Poland (PDF 88 kB)
The assumption that HIV carriers, or persons suffering from acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or chronic hepatitis, are incapable of service with the police or the National Fire Service, regardless of their position and state of health, is inconsistent with the Constitution. other – health condition/illness (disability)
Poland - Polish Council of Ministers adopts first National Program of Activities for Equal Treatment (PDF 85 kB)
Three draft laws, all three different but all three aiming at legislating civil union (including union of same sex partners) were rejected by the Polish Parliament in “first reading” and therefore will not be further proceeded
New law on equal treatment – ‘Act on the Implementation of Certain Provisions of the European Union in the Field of Equal Treatment’ – that entered into force on January 1st, 2011 designates Ombud institution (Commissioner for Civil Rights) as an equality body. However Ombud was not given adequate competences by law and lack resources to fulfil existing competences.
Poland - Non-discrimination addressed in the Concluding Observations of the UN Human Rights Committee (PDF 51 kB)
The Sejm - lower house of Parliament -, enacted a new ‘Act on the Implementation of Certain Provisions of the European Union in the Field of Equal Treatment’. It may finally lead to the full implementation of the Directives 2000/43 and 2000/78. However it also raises a number of concerns especially expressed by the civil society. The adoption procedure is not yet finished and the Act will now be debated by the Senate (higher house of the Parliament).
Does “de facto marital relationships” (konkubinat) relates only to partners of different sex or also to partners of same sex? Does denial of the right to succeed to a tenancy after the death of same sex partner constitutes discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation?
Does the lack of factual access to ethics classes in Polish schools constitute a violation by the authorities of the right to cultivate religion beliefs and is it of discriminatory character? Does absence of a mark for “religion/ethics” on school amount to a form of unwarranted stigmatisation of the pupil?
European Commission referred Poland to the European Court of Justice for incorrect transposition of the Racial Equality Directive 2000/43/EC - Poland (PDF 40 KB)