This year Poland takes part in the Universal Periodic Review conducted by the United Nations. This process, held every 4.5 years, is aimed at checking the state of respect for human rights in all countries of the international community. The main actor in such a process regarding Poland is the national government, but civil society organizations are invited to submit shadow reports in which they provide the Human Rights Commission with additional information that the government is reluctant to disclose in its government report.
SIP has been involved in this process for many years. This year, we submitted a report together with partners: Lambda Association, Global Detention Project and Birmingham City University.
In our report, we highlight, inter alia, on:
- detention of children
- conditions in guarded centers for foreigners
- illegal push-backi on the Belarusian-Polish border
- no mechanisms to identify victims of violence
- migrant workers are not protected against exploitation
- no access of children in the return procedure to medical services and care
- insufficient protection and support for those who have fallen victim to bias crime and the lack of a national program to counter such crime.