KPH addresses the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council.
On September, 20th, president of Campaign Against Homophobia, Agata Chaber addressed the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council with the position of KPH in response to the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in Poland.
Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations (UPR) is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council, designed to assess and monitor compliance with human rights’ standards in all UN member states in a four-and-a-half year cycle. The Polish government presents its equality policy for the second time during the current cycle.
From the beginning, Campaign Against Homophobia actively participates in the UPR process by so-called shadow-reporting. Shadow-reports represent the state of the LGBT rights in Poland and often cause a clash with the position of the government, where the matter is either ignored or is presented within the category of successful anti-discrimination policies of the government.
This year, many countries have submitted recommendations to the Polish government. The recommendations include enhancement of the equal treatment policy, inclusion of more LGBT communities within it, introduction of amendments to the Criminal Code and introduction of hate crimes based on homo-and transphobia into it, as well as regularization the matter of same-sex unions and introduction of anti-discrimination law, which will equally protect all vulnerable groups, including the LGBT community.