Poland to withdraw from treaty on violence against women – rts.ch

Poland will exit the European treaty on violence against women, called the Istanbul Convention, said the Polish Minister of Justice. This decision led to numerous protests in the country.

The conservative power denounces in particular elements of an ideological nature “harmful” contained in this text.

Faced with journalists, the Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro wanted to be firm. “If anyone claims that withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention means deteriorating protection for women, that is scandalous propaganda and a lie,” he said. Polish law is “exemplary” in this area.

The minister criticizes the ideological part of the text which can lead “to profound moral and cultural changes”. He refuses, for example, that a woman’s nature be defined other than by her biological sex.

Manifestations

Since coming to power in 2015, Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice (PiS) party has been at war against learning gender theory at school or any form of legalization of relations between LGBT people.

For their part, feminist organizations denounce a legalization of domestic violence. Several thousand people demonstrated across the country on Friday against the withdrawal from the treaty.

Damien Simonart / lan

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