Selin ATAY-TDO- Poland’s justice minister announced that Poland will take the first step needed to withdraw from the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention because of its “ideological nature”.

Speaking at a press conference, Ziobro took aim at what he called the "ideological nature" of parts of the convention, which he accused of "constructing the so-called socio-cultural gender in opposition to biological sex." and it is “unacceptable and harmful” for Poland.

Zbigniew Ziobro said the Istanbul Convention, was "harmful" because it foresees educating children and young people about forming homosexual families and teaching children about gender.

Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said Poland’s laws meet all standards of Istanbul Convention on protecting women against violence and ensuring safety of domestic violence victims, and added that the Justice Ministry will make a suggestion to Family, Labor and Social Policies Ministry on Monday to withdraw from the agreement.

The Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić disapproved of the Poland’s plan to leave the Istanbul Convention, calling the development "alarming." 

Marlena Malag, Poland's Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy, announced last week that the country was preparing to exit the Istanbul Convention, and supporters of the convention reacted with a demonstration. Nationwide protests have resumed after the Justice Minister announced Poland prepeares to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention.

The Istanbul Convention, which is the first legally binding treaty of its kind in the world, aims to protect women against violence and to help bring about the end of discrimination against women.

Turkey was the first country to ratify the Council of Europe convention adopted in 2011 in Istanbul, while Poland ratified it on April 27, 2015 and became the 18th member of the Council of Europe to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

Although the European Union and its member states have signed the treaty, some of them, including Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, and Slovakia, have yet to ratify the document.

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