Poland says it will QUIT European treaty on violence against women over requirement to teach children ‘ideological’ gender theory
The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policy has been directed to take the steps necessary to withdraw from the Council of Europe’s so-called Istanbul Convention, Poland’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday. Poland ratified the treaty, which was signed in haste in 2012, back in 2015, but countries such as neighboring Hungary, Lithuania and the Czech Republic have yet to do so.
“It contains elements of an ideological nature, which we consider harmful,” Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said, explaining the move.Also on rt.com Poland is villain in EU drama as bungling Brussels bean counters award it €16bn in aid despite least economic damage in Europe
In particular, Warsaw takes issue with “the false assumption that biological sex is archaic, and in fact everything comes down to the socio-cultural gender,” Ziobro said.
Forcing nations to promote the theory to children not only violates parental rights, he added, but “we believe this to be false, and we completely reject it.”
Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew #Ziobro just held a press conference announcing, he will hand in the papers needed for Poland to leave the #IstanbulConvention on domestic violence as it contains provisions forcing states to introduce #GenderTheory in their schools@ArthurWeintpic.twitter.com/yYzFABlBLZ— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) July 25, 2020
The Council of Europe reacted to the move by calling it “highly regrettable.” Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic Buric said the Istanbul Convention was an “international treaty to combat violence against women and domestic violence, and that is its sole objective,” adding that Poland’s departure would be “a major step backwards” for their efforts. She added they were ready to clarify “any misconceptions or misunderstandings about the convention.”
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