Concluding Observations, E/C.12/POL/CO/5,19 January 2010: Poland
12. The Committee continues to be concerned at the de facto discrimination experienced by some disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and groups, such as ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the enjoyment of their economic, social and cultural rights, despite the appointment of the Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment in April 2008. The Committee is further concerned that the draft act on implementation of some European Union directives in the field of equal treatment does not provide comprehensive protection against all forms of discrimination in all areas related to Covenant rights (art. 2.2).
The Committee strongly urges the State party to amend the provisions of the draft act on implementation of some European Union directives in the field of equal treatment, to bring it into conformity with the Committee’s general comment No. 20 on non- discrimination in economic, social and cultural rights. The Committee also recommends that the State party ensure effective enforcement of existing anti-discrimination legislation, and strengthen measures to combat de facto discrimination, including through campaigns aimed at combating stereotypes, especially concerning disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and groups. The Committee invites the State party to include in its next periodic report information on the results of the work undertaken by the Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment.
32. The Committee is deeply concerned at reports about homophobia, particularly bullying in schools (art. 13).
The Committee recommends that the State party take measures, in particular awareness-raising, to counter homophobic attitude in educational settings, ensuring that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation and identity. The Committee also recommends that the State party introduce in schools the Compass manual on human rights education with young people, published by the Council of Europe.
Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CESCR-Poland-2009-eng