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"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".
— Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Human rights are one of the key principles of contemporary international relations and the cornerstone of the Polish legal system. The Constitution of the Republic of Poland recognizes the inherent dignity of each human being and warrants a variety of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and freedoms.
The fundamental guarantees enunciated in the Constitution are safeguarded by a number of institutions, most notably the Human Rights Defender (Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich) along with independent courts of law and tribunals.
The Republic of Poland is a signatory to major international documents on human rights, including the European Convention on Human Rights (formally the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. After joining the EU, Poland is committed to pursuing the European values, such as, in particular, human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, including minority rights.
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foreign policy with regard to human rights is handled by the Department of United Nations and Human Rights. In proceedings before international bodies upholding human rights, the Republic of Poland is represented by the Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights and supported by the Department of Proceedings before International Human Rights Protection Bodies.NEWS