Polish tribunal to examine EU treaty on violence against women - PM

2020-07-30 13:40 update: 2020-08-01, 12:29
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Phot. PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Phot. PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday he would ask the Constitutional Tribunal to examine whether the Istanbul Convention on combatting domestic violence is in line with the Polish constitution.

Morawiecki noted that there are many serious accusations in the public discussion against the Istanbul Convention, namely that it violates Poland's legal order, has an ideological basis, incorrectly defines the real sources of violence against women and does not provide effective tools in the fight against domestic violence.

As he noted, "these are very serious doubts (...) that cannot be passed over."

The prime minister added that the Polish government partially shares these concerns. It also has a right to consider the document as inconsistent with the constitution in terms of, the impartiality of the state regarding world views and the right of parents to raise children in accordance with their conscience.

"That is why I decided to submit my application to the Constitutional Tribunal to verify the compliance of the Istanbul Convention with the (Polish - PAP) constitution," Morawiecki said.

Earlier this week, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro asked the Labour Ministry to begin the process of withdrawing Poland from the treaty, arguing it imposes certain ideologies on the country. (PAP)