Fifty ambassadors call on Poland to guarantee waning LGBTI rights

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Fifty ambassadors and representatives of international organizations in Poland have written to the country calling on the country to respect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Duda: Being gay is an ideology

“We reaffirm the dignity inherent in each individual, as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the letter said Sunday evening. published. “Respect for these fundamental rights obliges governments to protect all citizens from violence and discrimination and to ensure that they have equal opportunities.”

To protect vulnerable communities from abuse and hate speech, it is necessary to work towards an “environment of non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance”.

Ambassadors from the United States, Germany, France, India, Italy and Japan are among the letter’s signatories. The ambassador of the Netherlands, Daphne Bergsma, also signed the letter.

Poland has long been under fire for not respecting human rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. For example, there are dozens of cities in Poland that have created ‘gay-free zones’.

In addition, President Andrzej Duda has introduced a bill that denies gay couples the right to adopt children. The European Union has repeatedly reprimanded the country for violating LGBTI rights.

The conservative Polish president has profiled himself as a protector of the country’s traditional values. In his presidential campaign, he insisted that homosexuality is an “ideology” to be rejected.

In the most conservative parts of Poland, especially in the southeast, municipalities and local authorities have declared themselves free from the “LGBTI ideology” or advocated “family rights”.

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