Prime Minister: I decided to refer the Istanbul Convention to the Constitutional Tribunal

The provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the so-called Istanbul Convention) raise serious doubts. Many people claim that it undermines our legal order, has an ideological basis, incorrectly defines the sources of violence against women and does not provide effective tools to combat domestic violence said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The Head of Government decided to submit a motion to the Constitutional Tribunal to examine the compatibility of the Convention with the Polish Constitution.

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Istanbul Convention

Our constitution contains a number of values that must be protected, as they are the basis of our political, national and social community, to which we can all refer. I believe that the procedure for the control of constitutionality will once and for all end this dispute based on our common values enshrined in the constitution stated Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

As he added, cases of such great importance should be dealt with in a transparent and legally binding procedure. He admitted that the government shares the concern that the Convention may be unconstitutional as regards, among other things, the impartiality of the state in relation to outlooks on life and the right of parents to raise their children in accordance with their conscience. Therefore, I decided to submit a motion to the Constitutional Tribunal to examine the compliance of the Istanbul Convention with the Constitution said the head of government.

Government supports victims of domestic violence

The Prime Minister emphasised that the government is strongly committed to supporting victims of violence and preventing such violence. This is evidenced by the implementation of the Anti-violence Act and significant expansion of the network of assistance centres for victims of violence, as well as the government’s social programmes. Current legislation provides that police supervision and potential eviction from home applies to the perpetrator and aggressor, not the victim. Under this Act, the victim is protected from the beginning to the end," added the head of government.

The victims of violence must be supported by a strong law

The Prime Minister underlined that, for several years, the government has been effectively strengthening the position of victims of domestic violence, contributing to the prevention of domestic violence. As the Prime Minister announced: “We will search for best practices around the world. We are in favour of severe punishment of all perpetrators of violence.”

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