Poland Poland


ECRI, ECRI Conclusions on the implementation of the recommendations in respect of POLAND subject to interim follow-up Adopted on 20 March 2013

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Monitoring body


ECRI | European Commission against Racism and Intolerance | Council of Europe

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Discrimination Ethnic profiling

Target Population

Muslims Migrants Ethnic minorities People with migrant background Refugees & asylum seekers

Key findings

ECRI notes with regret that the Anti-Discrimination Act does not prohibit discrimination on grounds of
language and citizenship. It also notes that in some areas of life the Act prohibits discrimination on four grounds, sex, race, ethnic origin or nationality, while in others it does so on three grounds, race, ethnic origin and nationality – effectively excluding

The authorities informed that the Ministry of Sport and Tourism has implemented preventive measures
comprising workshops for coaches and trainers, in particular those working with children and youth on counteracting racism in sport. Moreover, the Polish Football Association has adopted a resolution prohibiting the exhibition of totalitarian, fascist, anarchist, racist symbols and any other material content inciting to intolerance
or xenophobia.

ECRI welcomes the developments but it expresses concern about the ongoing racist incidents at Polish sports events and reminds that the code of conduct has not been developed.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The working methods for the preparation of the reports involve documentary analyses, a visit to the country concerned, and then a confidential dialogue with the national authorities.

Sample details and representativeness

ECRI’s reports are analyses based on a great deal of information gathered from a wide variety of sources.

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