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Monday, August 31, 2020

Prosecutor General to the Constitutional Tribunal: The Istanbul Convention upturns Polish legal system

 Zbigniew Ziobro, Prosecutor General, in his statement to the Constitutional Tribunal, emphasizes that the Istanbul Convention "is contrary to the constitutional principle of the state's ideological neutrality, and that it strikes at the parents' right to raise children in accordance with their beliefs, and the terms used in it upturn the Polish legal system".

As Ziobro points out, "the procedure and the adoption by the Polish parliament of the act on granting consent to ratification of the Convention were unconstitutional, because parliamentarians had an incorrect translation." 

The Prosecutor General notes that Polish law, especially after the recent amendments, is an effective instrument ensuring proper protection of women. "Polish law, changed in recent years, meets the highest standards of this protection and the provisions of the convention do not improve this situation in any way."

Ziobro emphasized - "Poland cannot be bound by international law, which requires the introduction of an ideology that is contrary to the values resulting from the Polish constitution."

Updated on Sep. 22, 2020