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Polish President vetoes gender recognition bill

Last Friday, Polish President Andrzej Duda, vetoed the Gender Accordance Act. The bill was hailed as the country’s first gender recognition legislation in history. It would have foreseen that gender recognition could proceed to any unmarried Polish citizen, who had … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on October 6th, 2015
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Open letter to Lech Wałęsa on disparaging comments about LGBT people

Members of the European Parliament wrote today to former Polish President Lech Wałęsa, protesting earlier remarks about LGBT people. A Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Solidarność leader, Mr Wałęsa said on Polish TV that homosexual lawmakers had no right to sit on … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on March 15th, 2013
Elżbieta Radziszewska

Polish Minister for Equal Treatment sends censorship requests to organisations and media

Following reports that the European Commission disagreed with her interpretation of EU law, Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment Elżbieta Radziszewska formally requested that Polish media and non-governmental organisations take down articles reporting on this disagreement.

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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on November 3rd, 2010
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Open letter to Polish Minister following censorship threats

Following requests by the Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment to take down articles reporting on her disagreement with the European Commission, MEPs wrote in support of the statements, and warning against libel threats to the media and non-governmental organisations.

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Posted in: Intergroup documents, Recent news on November 3rd, 2010
Commissioner Viviane Reding

European Commission disagrees with the Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment

The European Commission has responded to parliamentary questions from Michael Cashman and Raül Romeva i Rueda MEPs, following remarks made on TV by the Polish Government’s Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment.

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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on October 26th, 2010
Elżbieta Radziszewska

MEPs ask urgent questions to the Commission on Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment

Following a growing row in Poland over homophobic comments by the Government’s Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment, Members of the European Parliament have asked the European Commission to clarify their position over several points.

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Posted in: Parliamentary work, Recent news on September 27th, 2010
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Historic European LGBT pride underway in Poland

The 18th edition of Europride, the annual European lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride event, is underway. Saturday 17 July will see the festival culminate with tens of thousands marching in Warsaw; this is the first time the European … 
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Posted in: Press releases, Recent news on July 14th, 2010
Dr Janusz Kochanowski

Polish Human Rights Ombudsman supported Intergroup complaint

Polish Human Rights Ombudsman Dr Janusz Kochanowski, recently deceased in the tragic Smolensk plane accident, had recently written to the Intergroup.

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Posted in: News stories, Recent news on April 13th, 2010
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The European Court of Human Rights keeps Poland in line with LGBT rights

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights welcomed a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights. The court in Strasbourg ruled that Poland was wrong to deny de facto same-sex couples the rights afforded to their heterosexual counterparts. … 
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Posted in: News stories, Press releases, Recent news on March 5th, 2010
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Intergroup writes to Polish MP on homophobic remarks

Update: Read the response letter from the Polish Ombudsman To: Stanisław Pięta MP Cc: Jan Tombiński, Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU; The Polish Ombudsman; Kampania Przeciw Homofobii Concerns: Remarks on art exhibition at the National Museum Brussels, 24th … 
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Posted in: Intergroup documents, News stories on February 24th, 2010