Poland to withdraw from treaty on violence towards ladies


Poland will take steps subsequent week to withdraw from a European treaty on violence towards ladies, which the right-wing cupboard says violates dad and mom’ rights by requiring faculties to show kids about gender, the justice minister mentioned.

Zbigniew Ziobro mentioned his ministry would submit a request to the labour and households ministry on Monday to start the method of withdrawing from the treaty, often called the Istanbul Convention.

“It contains elements of an ideological nature, which we consider harmful,” Ziobro instructed a information convention on Saturday.

Zbigniew Ziobro signs documents after being designated as Minister of Justice, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw

Zbigniew Ziobro says his ministry would move on Monday to start the method of withdrawing from the treaty [Kacper Pempel/Reuters]

Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) occasion and its coalition companions intently align themselves with the Catholic Church and promote a conservative social agenda.

Hostility to homosexual rights was one of many principal points promoted by President Andrzej Duda throughout a profitable re-election marketing campaign this month.

On Friday, 1000’s of individuals, principally ladies, protested in Warsaw and different cities towards proposals to reject the treaty.


Protesters maintain banners studying ‘Let us stay’ and ‘Women’s Strike’ throughout Friday’s demonstration within the capital, Warsaw [Wojtek Radwanski/AFP]

“The aim is to legalise domestic violence,” Magdalena Lempart, one of many protest organisers, mentioned on Friday at a march in Warsaw. Some protesters carried banners saying “PiS is the women’s hell”.

PiS has lengthy complained in regards to the Istanbul Convention, which Poland ratified underneath a earlier centrist authorities in 2015.


The authorities says the treaty is disrespectful in direction of faith and requires educating liberal social insurance policies in faculties, though previously it has stopped wanting a choice to stop.

Ziobro represents a smaller right-wing occasion inside the ruling coalition.

A authorities spokesman was not obtainable on Saturday for touch upon whether or not Ziobro’s announcement of plans to stop the treaty represented a collective cupboard choice.

The World Health Organization says home violence has surged this yr in Europe throughout months of lockdown aimed toward preventing the coronavirus pandemic.