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COE: in Poland rising anti-LGBTI hate speech

'We have asked local authorities to annul resolutions'

18 June, 08:58
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 18 - The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on the role of local authorities with regard to the situation and rights of LGBTI people in Poland, the Council of Europe informed.

"Since 2019, more than 90 Polish towns and regions had passed resolutions declaring themselves free from so-called 'LGBT-ideology'. Elected local politicians' role is not legitimising rejection against LGBTI people. Their role is to promote diversity and uphold human rights. We have asked Polish local authorities to annul such resolutions and declarations," stated the Rapporteur.

Congress President Leendert Verbeek expressed also concerns.

"The rising anti-LGBTI hate speech and discrimination is one of those and it is indeed very worrying to learn about the legislation passed by the Hungarian parliament yesterday, particularly at a time when Hungary presides over the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe" he added, the Council informed in a statement. (ANSA).

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