ENNHRI GA Statement of Support for Poland’s Commissioner for Human Rights

At its General assembly meeting on 28 October 2017 ENNHRI expressed its deep concern that recent developments in Poland could negatively impact on the Commissioner for Human Rights’ vital role to promote and protect human rights, further to the UN Paris Principles and the Polish Constitution. In particular, we draw the Polish authorities’ attention to the following requirements that could be compromised by recent actions.

Poland’s Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and respected National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), fully compliant with the UN Paris Principles. NHRIs are recognised by the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the EU as key actors in the national, regional and international human rights framework. As an A-status NHRI, the Commissioner for Human Rights is accredited as being independent, impartial, pluralistic and accountable in its work to promote and protect human rights in Poland. It is a valued member of ENNHRI, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

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