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Published: 11 october 2019 09:00

Do Lithuanian and Polish political leaders seek to find common ground through homophobia?

Jaroslawas Kaczynskis
„Reuters“/„Scanpix“ nuotr. / Jarosław Kaczyński

The Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania has prepared a draft resolution proposing Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda to honour leader of the Polish ruling party “Order and Justice” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, infamous for his anti-LGBT rhetoric, with one of the highest state decorations of the Lithuanian Republic.

During his election campaign, Jaroslaw Kaczynski was unequivocal in terms of his stance against LGBT rights equality. In August, 2019 politician said he believed that marches for LGBT equality in Poland should be “restricted” due to their incompatibility with the values of “Polish culture” and “Polish church”.

Vyacheslav Melnyk, Executive Director of the Campaign Against Homophobia in Warsaw commented to the National LGBT rights organization LGL that during the 2019 parliamentary election campaign Jaroslaw Kaczynski shamelessly used hate speech towards LGBTI people in Poland.

“As a result, it caused a pogrom-like atmosphere during the Pride March in Bialystok and even an unsuccessful bomb attack attempt during the March of Equality in Lublin. It goes without saying that speaking about restricting a right to peaceful demonstration goes against any democratic standards in the European Union member state. It is sad to hear that there are democratic states, which may honor politicians, who ruthlessly use hate speech to gain political points,” said Mr. Melnyk.

National LGBT rights organization LGL condemns the draft resolution and invites civil society to actively express its opinion on this important issue.

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