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  • 13 October 2017

    On 6 October 2017, Poland submitted its remarks regarding the Human Rights Committee’s comment on Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: “the right to life”. The Human Rights Committee is a body responsible for monitoring the Covenant’s implementation by states.


    The keystone of Poland’s position was the assertion that human life should be protected at all stages, including the prenatal one. It is also emphasized that the “right to life” cannot be interpreted solely as an obligation to protect the woman’s life, but also as an obligation to protect the child’s life at the prenatal stage, and that under international law it is the exclusive right of the States Parties, rather than a competence of the Committee, to regulate issues related to the admissibility of abortion.


    The Polish position is founded on both Polish law (including the Polish Constitution) and international law, citing in particular Article 2 (“right to life”) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that point to the need to provide children with special care before and after birth. Moreover, Poland put forward amendments to the passages on euthanasia, highlighting the paramount importance of the value of human life.


     The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had coordinated the process of drafting Polish remarks on the comment.


    To read the Polish position, visit the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website at


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