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BREITBART: Poland has announced it will withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, a treaty which requires that governments actively promote gender theory through the media and education system.

Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said problems with the treaty eroded parents’ rights by necessitating far-left social policies be promoted to children. 

According to Article 12 of the treaty, governments who sign the document must “take the necessary measures to promote changes in the social and cultural patterns of behaviour of women and men with a view to eradicating prejudices, customs, traditions and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority of women or on stereotyped roles for women and men”.

Asking whether ordinary citizens in countries like Britain, where the government has signed the Istanbul Convention, “realise that their leaders have signed them up to support a mini-Cultural Revolution”, University of Swansea law professor, Andrew Tettenborn, notes that there is “more than a whiff of totalitarianism” about the treaty’s requirements, and he has commented that the Istanbul Convention does nothing to protect females from domestic violence. He writes:

This provision for the compulsory instilling of a thoroughly ideological position ought to worry anyone concerned with parental rights to educate children according to their own beliefs, not to mention the ability of communities to set up schools so as educate children within reason according to their norms.

Poland’s conservative president, Andrzej Duda, was re-elected earlier this month after promising to “defend children from LGBT ideology” in schools and to protect the interests of the family and the institution of marriage if given a second term. After his re-election, he visited Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa to participate in the evening prayer and to entrust Poland and himself to Our Lady's care:polish president 700x438

Hungary passed a similar declaration against signing the Istanbul Convention, distrusting the treaty’s claim that gender is a “social construct” and its provisions to allow “gender-based asylum claims”.

REMNANT COMMENT: Maybe that's why the New York Times came out swinging this morning against, guess who? Poland and Hungary. The respective leaders of each country were labeled the EU's "major problem":

NYTimes: Europe has a major problem.

It has a rising autocratic movement that the continent’s leaders have no clear strategy for confronting. If anything, the pandemic has strengthened the most autocratic E.U. governments, in Hungary and Poland. Other countries have put a higher priority on fighting the virus and helping the economy than trying to stop the erosion of democracy.