The United Nations Committees

Persons under the jurisdiction of the Polish State claiming that they have become victims of the infringement by Poland on any of the rights guaranteed in given Conventions of the United Nations, have the right to lodge a complaint in the United Nations Committees (so called petition of Geneva).

If you have been discriminated against on grounds of race, colour, birth, national or ethnic origin, you may lodge a complaint to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in accordance with article 14 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Journal of Laws, 1969, No. 25, item 187).

If you have been discriminated against on grounds of sex, you should address the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The complaint should be lodged in accordance with the Optimal Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Journal of Laws, 2004, No. 248, item 2484).

You may also lodge a complaint in the Committee of Human Rights (CCPR) in accordance with the Optimal Protocol to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (Journal of Laws, 1994, No. 23, item 80).

Note! You must indicate particular articles of a given Convention you claim have been infringed when you address the relevant Committee.

The complaint should be written in one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish). The examining procedure will yet be shortened if the petitioner chooses English, French or Spanish. To facilitate the examination, consider writing your application in one of more popular languages.

Note! Not only a Polish citizen but also all persons under the jurisdiction of the Polish State, persons of other nationality than Polish and stateless persons residing in Poland have the right to lodge a complaint.