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MEPs condemn the spread of “LGBTI-free” zones in Poland

Wednesday, 18 December, 2019 - 18:51

MEPs have urged the European Commission to condemn all public acts of discrimination against LGBTI people, in a resolution concerning the development of so-called ‘LGBTI-free zones’ in Poland.

In a resolution adopted by 463 votes in favour, 107 against and 105 abstentions on Wednesday, MEPs expressed their deep concern at the growing number of attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the EU by states, state officials, national and local governments as well as politicians. Recent examples given during the debate included homophobic statements during a referendum campaign in Romania and hate speech targeting LGBTI people in the context of elections in Estonia, Spain, the UK, Hungary and Poland.

MEPs specifically condemned the areas ‘‘free from LGBTI ideology’’ established since the beginning of 2019, by dozens of municipalities, counties and regions in the southeast of Poland.

These local governments have issued non-binding resolutions pledging to refrain from taking any action to encourage tolerance of LGBTI people and saying they would not provide financial assistance to NGOs working to promote equal rights.

The European Parliament urged Polish authorities to condemn these acts and to revoke all resolutions attacking LGBTI rights.

In addition, MEPs called on the Commission to monitor how all EU funding is used and to ensure that authorities commit to a non-discriminatory code of ethics when it comes to disbursing community funds.

Finally, MEPs highlighted that, although legal measures against discrimination are in place in the majority of member states, they are not sufficiently implemented, leaving LGBTI people vulnerable to hate crimes, hate speech and discrimination. 



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