Polish Commissioner for Human Rights as equality authority in the light of standards given by the European Union directives

Agnieszka Gajda


The subject of the following study is assessment of the work of the Commissioner for Human Rights in respect of performing its tasks assigned to it in 2011 as a national equality affairs authority. It shall contribute to promote equal treatment for all, regardless their sex, race, ethnic origin, religion, creed, disabilities, age or sexual orientation. Its duties are exercised accordingly to Polish Constitution from 1997 and The Law on the Ombudsman. Those functions were entrusted to Polish Ombudsman due to European Unions’ directive. There was indicated, that one of the most important aspects connected with the non-discrimination actions in The EU Member States is to appoint competent authorities. Such authorities shall analyze discrimination problems, examine possible solutions and provide specialized help for the victims of discrimination. Author of this publication is deliberating, whether the Human Rights Commissioner is complying with requirements set out for domestic equality authorities, relying on The Paris Principles, which define in detail aspects of the independence of the functioning of institutions that uphold human rights. Furthermore, shows main assumptions, on which activity of Polish Ombudsman is based, as well as illustrate how the equality principle is exercised and implemented in practice.
Author Agnieszka Gajda (FLA / DCLPI)
Agnieszka Gajda,,
- Department of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions
Journal seriesAnnales Universitatis Apulensis. Series Jurisprudentia, ISSN 1454-4075, (0 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishAuthority for equal treatment, Human Rights Commissioner, equality principle, non-discrimination rule, Paris Rules
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
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ScoreMinisterial score = 5.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
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