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Protests erupt in Poland over govt’s plan to quit int’l domestic violence treaty


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

27th Jul, 2020. 08:12 pm
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Protests erupt in Poland over govt's plan to quit int'l domestic violence treaty

The people of the European country of Poland are protesting against the government for quitting international treaty on combating domestic violence against women and children.

According to reports, thousands of citizens took to the streets in Warsaw, Poland, carrying anti-government banners and accusing the government of trying to legitimize domestic violence.

Protesters included a large number of young women holding banners against domestic violence.

The protests began after the government announced its withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro announced that the government had instructed the Ministry of Family Affairs, Labor and Social Policy to draw up a plan of action to withdraw from the agreement.

The Polish government signed the Istanbul Convention on Human Rights and the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children in 2011.

The Istanbul Convention was an agreement reached between the European Union (EU) countries under the Council of Europe, a legal body of European countries, aimed at educating all countries on the elimination of gender segregation and the prevention of domestic violence against women and children.

However, the new Polish government has declared the agreement against the parents and the family.

Poland’s recent ruling party promised the people during the election campaign that it would restore the family system, and now the government has announced its withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, declaring it against parental rights and the family system.

The current Polish government is considered to be very close to and under the influence of the Catholic Churches, and it is believed that the government has decided to withdraw from the European Convention on the Violence against Women and Children based on the recommendations of the churches.

The government’s announcement has drawn strong public outcry, including from human rights and women’s rights groups, who have accused the government of seeking to justify domestic violence.

According to human rights and women’s rights groups, the Polish government made the announcement at a time when the Coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence throughout the region.

 

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