The Sejm decided to submit the citizens’ bill “Yes to Family, No to Gender” to the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Justice and Human Rights Committee. Earlier, MPs did not agree to a complete rejection of the proposal. The aim of the initiative is to denounce the gender-based Istanbul Convention and replace it with the Convention on the Rights of the Family. The draft law drawn up by the Ordo Iuris Institute and the Christian Social Congress has been signed by 150,000 citizens.
The draft aims at actually protecting individuals from domestic violence. The Istanbul Convention erroneously identifies sources of violence as the natural differences between women and men. It disregards study-based causes of this phenomenon, such as addictions, family breakdown or pornography. According to statistics, such countries as the United Kingdom, Denmark or Sweden, which have implemented ideologised solutions, report higher violence rates than Poland. The authors of the citizens’ bill argue that the alternative to the Istanbul Convention should be the international Convention on the Rights of the Family.
On 17 March, the first reading of the bill took place in the Sejm. On behalf of the Committee, Marek Jurek from the Christian Social Congress and Karolina Pawłowska, director of the Ordo Iuris Centre of International Law, spoke from the parliamentary rostrum. On the same day, a press conference was held in the Sejm, with representatives of the Committee announcing proposed solutions to combat violence more efficiently. They include, among others, amendments to criminal and alimony law and changes in the functioning of support centres for victims of violence. This was also the subject of a forum attended by experts, representatives of the administration of the President of RP and local governments, the police and social organisations.
Collegium Intermarium is the first university registered in Poland after the great reform of the higher education system. Its mission is to build a platform of co-operation between academics from the countries of the Intermarium region. Multilingual study courses will start in October.
Effective life and family protection requires joint actions at an international level. This issue was discussed at the conference on the Geneva Consensus Declaration.
The European Union announced works on a document demanding from Member States to acknowledge foreign adoptions of children by single-sex partnerships. According to EC plans, such provisions could be implemented as a regulation, which would be binding on all EU members. This would be contrary to the national law of several states, including Poland. The Ordo Iuris Institute has drawn up a petition to the EC authorities calling for them to abandon these plans.
The European Commission intends to take action against freedom of speech. The EC initiative would incorporate the so-called ‘hate speech’ and ‘hate crimes’ in the catalogue of ‘EU crimes’. This means that they would be included in Article 83 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and, in this way, behaviours covered by these terms would be inevitably considered crimes by all EU Member States.