POLAND: PETITION, PLEASE SIGN – Reject fundamentalism in Europe: protect our rights!
In April, the European Parliamentary Assembly will choose new judges for the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Three candidates can be nominated by each country. one of them will be chosen to sit on the Court for nine years.
The Polish government has nominated Aleksander Stępkowski, a lawyer and the founder of an extremist Catholic organisation which has actively worked to suppress human rights in Poland and across Europe, especially those of women and the LGBTQ community. His organisation opposes safe, legal abortion, they want Poland to leave the Istanbul Convention, they want to criminalise sexuality education and restrict in vitro fertilisation, they want to create ‘LGBT-free’ zones, and they want to restrict or ban divorce. One of their aims is to participate in European Union institutions in order to have a greater influence in them.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION REJECTING Aleksander Stępkowski AS A POSSIBLE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS JUDGE, because he is opposed to many human rights.
“I am not safe here”: an in-depth report by Civicus on:
- Women’s rights activists under attack for supporting abortion rights.
- Activists face rape threats, death threats and bomb threats.
- Anti-abortion billboard campaigns.
- Judge orders Holocaust scholars to apologise.
- Writer charged for insulting President.
- LGBTI activists acquitted but concerns remain.
- Journalist targeted for covering pro-abortion protests.
- Legal action against the editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, the biggest daily newspaper in Poland, which has faced some 60 lawsuits from the PiS government.
SOURCE: Civicus, 9 April 2021.