Thursday, September 27, 2007

European Court of Human Rights: Poland broke human rights

The European Court of Human Rights in the eastern French town of Strasbourg rejected the Warsaw government’s appeals and decided a Polish court had broken human rights in three cases: Alicja Tysiac had her human rights violated when authorities denied her right to an abortion despite the fact pregnancy was a threat to her health; parliamentary deputy Tadeusz Matyjak, who was not granted the same treatment as the government was given during the litigation; and the Warsaw city hall ban of a Gay Parade in 2005. The European court ruled the ban was illegal as it broke human rights to organize public gatherings. The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has already issued a note welcoming the Court decision.

Moreover, the European Pride Organisers Association chose precisely Warsaw to be host to the EuroPride 2010. "The discrimination, the bigotry and the right-wing and religious extremism against GLBT people in all of Eastern Europe has to stop! EuroPride Warsaw 2010 will be a symbol for all these countries." said Robert Kastl, president of EPOA. Warsaw Pride was banned in 2004 and again in 2005 by the then-Mayor of Warsaw and now President of Poland Lech Kaczynski.

More recently, Poland's PM and President twin Jaroslaw tried to launch a series of measures banning all homosexual presence from public life, from firing gay and lesbian teachers to introducing textbooks calling homosexuality an abomination, in the most newborn style. However, due to political unsupport and allegedly his own political misdemeanors, had to resign from his position and call for anticipate elections which will be held before the end of 2007.

Meanwhile, in Romania, George Becali, leader of the PNG-CD, said recently that if he will be elected president of Romania, he wants to abolish all the gay clubs, sex shops and, perhaps, build special neighbourhoods for homosexuals, in order to isolate them.

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