1. We wish to express our support for the plan announced by Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, which involves filing a request to the Constitutional Tribunal to review the constitutionality of the Istanbul Convention. Meanwhile, we shall continue our activities related to the citizens’ initiative announced on 16 July, whose aim is to adopt a law that would enable the Polish executive to terminate the international agreement and commence works on the new, ideology-free Convention on the Rights of the Family.
2. We hope that the announced request will be referred to the Tribunal without undue delay and will be processed as soon as possible. The Istanbul Convention case is of paramount importance to the functioning of the human rights protection system in Poland. The Committee has a ready draft application to the Tribunal including a comprehensive presentation of the non-compliance of the Convention regulations with the guarantees that lie at the core of the Polish legal order, including in particular Article 18 (protection of the family and the marriage as a relationship between a woman and a man), Article 48 (parents’ right to raise their children in accordance with their own beliefs) and Article 2 (the principle of citizens’ equality before the law) of the Polish Constitution.
3. We would also like to express our joy that the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński have announced international actions for the conclusion of an ideology-free international agreement based on scientific knowledge that protects the family and provides efficient solutions to combat violence against its members. For years civic environments active in the Committee have been emphasising the urgent need for such an international agreement, which is reflected in their draft Convention on the Rights of the Family. Therefore, we would like to declare our full readiness to be involved in the works on the new draft Convention.
The Sejm has registered the Citizens’ Initiative Committee “Yes to Family, No to Gender”. The initiative is aimed at terminating the Istanbul Convention by the Polish government. The Committee has submitted the first 3,500 signatures under the project.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sided with a Bulgarian woman who, contrary to Bulgarian law, demanded that she be recognised as a man. The courts refused to register her as a man in the civil status records, as her legal gender must correspond to her biological gender.
The European Commission intends to launch the first LGBT Equality Strategy, whose aim will be to promote the LGBT ideology in Member States. The Strategy will contain demands, among others granting same-sex cohabiting couples with the privileges of married couples, including adoption.
The European Court of Human Rights allowed a Nigerian woman living in Spain to keep in touch with her son. The woman had fought for the right to visit her child regularly and for the suspension of his adoption for a few years.