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Commissioner for Human Rights

October 26th 2011

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Overview

The Commissioner for Human Rights is the constitutional authority for legal control and protection. In his/her activities, the Commissioner is integral and independent from other state authorities and shall safeguard the freedoms and rights of persons and citizens specified in the Constitution of the Republic of Poland and other normative acts, including safeguarding the implementation of the principle of equal treatment. Everyone shall have the right to apply to the Commissioner for Human Rights for assistance in protection of his or her freedoms or rights infringed by organs of public authority.

The organisation is a predominantly promotion-type and legal support body [1].

Contact details:

Postal address: Al. Solidarności 77, 00-090 Warsaw, Poland

Helpline: +48 800 676 676

Telephone: + 48 22 55 17 700

General email address: biurorzecznika@brpo.gov.pl

Website: www.rpo.gov.pl

Contact person for media enquiries:

[1According to a European Commission study on Equality Bodies, predominantly promotion-type equality bodies “spend the bulk of their time and resources on a broader mix of activities that include supporting good practice in organisations, raising awareness of rights, developing a knowledge base on equality and non-discrimination, and providing legal advice and assistance to individual victims of discrimination” (page 44).