Poland





Poland is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Council’s mandate to respond to country situations. Poland's ambassador, Remigiusz A. Henczel, served as president of the Human Rights Council in 2013. Ambassador Henczel facilitated the work of the Council effectively, revealing both his diplomatic talents and good humor. 



2012/2013 Analysis

Poland had a strong voting record during its membership in the Council, voting in favor of all country resolutions put to a vote under items 2 and 4. However, Poland voted against amendments to improve the Libya resolution in March 2012. Poland supported the joint statements on Eritrea and Bahrain, as well as the statement calling on the Security Council to refer the Syrian case to the ICC. Poland also played a key role in putting Belarus on the agenda of the Council.

In 2012 Poland voted in favor of two of the five resolutions on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, abstaining on the three remaining resolutions. In 2013, Poland voted in favor of all resolutions focusing on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, except the resolution on the human rights situation in the occupied Syrian Golan on which it abstained.

In 2012 and 2013 Poland co-sponsored a total of 42 country-specific resolutions on a wide range of country situations under agenda items 1, 2, 4 and 10. Poland also intervened on a regular basis in the Council’s country-specific debates.  Poland's positive role in the Council could be further enhanced if it exercised more leadership mobilizing the Council to take up country situations that remain unaddressed, as it did successfully on Belarus.



Voting record in 2012

Support for key joint statements in 2012

Voting record in 2013

Support for key joint statements in 2013

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