On Friday, 30 September 2016, we were invited by His Excellency Dr Arkady Rzegocki to meet Dr Adam Bodnar, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Poland (an Ombudsman). The aim of the meeting was to discuss an issue of hate incidents against Polish residents of the UK in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.
Dr Bodnar summarised his most recent steps to improve the situation of Poles in the UK. Among them we learnt about:
- a meeting with the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission David Isaac CBE
- a request to the EHRC to conduct an inquiry into increase of hate incidents and its reasons
- a request to the EHRC to organise a round table meeting with representatives of Polish organisations in the UK to discuss directly what steps could be taken together to eradicate hate incidents against Poles
We are going to cooperate with Dr. Bodnar and provide intelligence on changes in hate incidents in the UK. Our desire is to eradicate all signs of hatred towards Poles and all other Central European nationals residing in the UK. It is our firm belief that Eastern Europeans are equal and must be treated with respect.
To this aim we are making efforts to raise necessary funds to implement a full dedicated project supporting victims of hate incidents and crime so that victims feel they can report issues to the police in an informed and empowered way. Watch this space!