WARSAW, Poland — Polish leaders on Monday declined recommendations that LGBTQ individuals are denied of any of their rights in the nation, after an open letter from 50 ambassadors and worldwide agents mentioned a requirement to work for “non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance.”
The ambassadors’ appeal, made in an open letter released Sunday, comes as a progressively noticeable LGBTQ neighborhood in Poland has actually dealt with a reaction from the conservative federal government, lots of regional neighborhoods and the Catholic church.
“Human rights are universal and everyone, including LGBTI persons, are entitled to their full enjoyment,” the letter stated, utilizing the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated he concurred that everyone is worthy of regard however that he totally disagreed with the ambassadors’ claim that LGBT individuals were being denied of that.
“Dear Ambassadors, I can tell only you that tolerance is in Poles’ DNA,” Morawiecki stated at a press conference on Monday. “Nobody needs to teach us tolerance.”
Some of Poland’s leaders, consisting of the president and legislators from the ruling celebration, have actually cast the motion for civil liberties for LGBTQ individuals as a hazard to standard households. President Andrzej Duda won a 2nd term this summertime after calling LGBTQ rights an “ideology” more unsafe than communism.
Meanwhile, lots of towns in conservative parts of eastern and southern Poland have actually passed primarily symbolic resolutions stating themselves to be devoid of “LGBT ideology.” Many of the statements reveal the view that youths will be demoralized if challenged by the concern.
“Human Rights are not an ideology — they are universal,” U.S. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher tweeted. “50 Ambassadors and Representatives agree.”
Joachim Brudzinski, deputy head of the judgment Law and Justice celebration who is now a legislator to the European Parliament, shot back at Mosbacher on Monday, stating “we in Poland also agree.”
“Therefore, we are waiting with hope for the next letter, this time in defense of murdered Christians, imprisoned #ProLife activists, people dismissed from work and persecuted for quoting the Bible, people subjected to euthanasia against their will,” he composed on Twitter, together with some other examples of supposed abuse of Christians.
It was not precisely clear what Brudzinski was describing. Poland is a primarily Catholic country where Christians do not deal with persecution and where abortion is prohibited in many cases and euthanasia is forbidden. In one case, nevertheless, an IKEA worker in Poland was fired for pointing out Biblical passages to recommend gays must be eliminated. The present federal government has actually spoken in the worker’s defense and a state district attorney is taking legal action against the IKEA supervisor who fired him.
Brudzinski likewise waded into the argument about LGBTQ rights in the summertime, stating on Twitter that “Poland without LGBT is most beautiful.” His tweet consisted of a picture of Jesus and eggs in a bird nest — a bird household which he referred to as “realizing God’s plan.”
That activated posts in the Polish liberal press about how homosexuality is a naturally taking place phenomenon in the animal world — simply among lots of examples of a profusion of assistance in Poland for LGBTQ individuals. In Warsaw, for example, it has actually ended up being typical just recently to see rainbow flags hanging from apartment or condos or individuals bring rainbow bags.
The ambassadors’ letter commemorated the work of the LGBTQ neighborhood in Poland as it looks for to raise awareness about the difficulties its faces. The increase in hostility has actually led lots of to reside in anger and worry or perhaps to emigrate from the nation.
Many activists state their biggest concern now is to get legislation passed criminalizing hate speech versus individuals based upon their sexual identity.
The letter was signed by the ambassadors of the United States, lots of European nations, consisting of Germany, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, along with more off countries like Japan and Australia.
It was likewise signed by agents in Poland of the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Community of Democracies, which is based in Warsaw.
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