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Euro MP: Homophobic Polish Prime Minister Is Not Welcome in UK

 

 


LONDON, November 23, 2005  –  As the Polish Prime Minister, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, makes his first official visit to the UK since his election tomorrow (Thursday  November 24), London’s Green MEP, Jean Lambert, has spoken out in anger against Marcinkiewicz’s homophobic policies and the treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Poland.
 

 


 

Shortly after being named Prime Minister, Marcinkiewicz declared homosexuality “unnatural” before announcing the abolition of the Office of Plenipotentiary for Equal Status, a key institution for combating discrimination against women and LGBT people.

Ms Lambert, who is a member of European Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian rights, warned that Marcinkiewicz and his discriminatory policies, would not be welcome in the UK.

“Mr Marcinkiewicz’s actions following his election have caused a big step backwards in the development of Poland as a democratic country,” she said today.

“I am outraged that anyone, especially an elected Prime Minister, would tolerate and actually promote homophobia. By not condemning homophobic acts Poland will be in danger of entering into a cycle of violence.

“The violent treatment of peaceful LGBT marchers by Police in Poland last weekend adds to this concern and further proves that LGBT communities and those that support them, are slowly loosing their freedom of speech.”

On his arrival to the UK Prime Minister Marcinkiewicz will give a lecture at Chatham House.  Outside, Peter Tatchell, a world famous LGBT rights activist and founder of OUTRAGE will lead a protest against the events in Poland and the position of the Polish Government.

“Everyone is equal despite their sexuality, gender or race.  If we are serious about justice then we need to ensure that Mr Marcinkiewicz’s actions are reversed and the people of Poland are given the rights they deserve,” the MEP insisted.

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Posted: 23 November 2005 at 15:30 (UK time)

 

 

 

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