"Call Poland to account for homophobia"

14th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 May 2007, UTRECHT - COC Nederland (Centre for Culture and Leisure) is urging the cabinet to call Poland to account for its policy which discriminates against homosexuals. The advocacy organisation for gay rights says that the EU should be allowed to ban Poland from its meetings until the situation in the Eastern European country changes.

14 May 2007

UTRECHT - COC Nederland (Centre for Culture and Leisure) is urging the cabinet to call Poland to account for its policy which discriminates against homosexuals. The advocacy organisation for gay rights says that the EU should be allowed to ban Poland from its meetings until the situation in the Eastern European country changes.

COC Chairman Frank van Dalen called on Education and Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk, also responsible for gay rights policy, in Utrecht on Saturday.

This week COC is staging a number of activities this week to raise awareness for the problems faced by Polish homosexuals. A large majority of Polish residents think that homosexuality is a sin and a Polish member of the European Parliament has called it "a travesty of the laws of nature."

The Polish government is investigating at the urging of ombudswoman Ewa Sowinska whether some positions, in education for example, can be banned for homosexuals. About 60 percent of the predominantly Roman Catholic population of the country supports this kind of ban.

COC will conclude its "Poland week" with a visit to the Gay Pride parade in Warsaw on Saturday. A delegation from the advocacy group, led by chairman Frank van Dalen, will take part in the parade.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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