Wer wird neuer EU-Parlamentspräsident?

In Kürze wird das neugewählte EU-Parlament einen Parlamentspräsidenten wählen. Gute Chancen hat Jerzy Buzek, ein homophober Politiker aus Polen.

Lukazs Palucki hat ein paar Informationen zusammengestellt (Quelle: GaysWithoutBorders):

Report concerning Jerzy Buzek and his position to lgbt rights. 

Polish Government of Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek (October 1997 – October 2001) 

November 1997. 

New Minister of Education – Miroslaw Handke refuses to allow the teaching of sexual education in schools. He claims that children can find enough information about sex in the bible. Minister Handke is also against education on AIDS and “other sexual pathologies”.  

The main supervisor in the Ministry of Education is Teresa Król, who has openly said that “homosexuality is a disease and deviation”. Despite international protest against this statement Mr. Buzek refuses to dismiss her. 

Also on a local level within the Ministry of Education the new government has put openly homophobic people  in place, e.g. in Lublin City, Boguslaw Zaremba has been quoted as saying: “I think that homosexuality is a  hard disease and deviation.” 

May 1998. 

The EU cancel 32 million ECU of PHARE endowment for Poland. All because Ryszard Czarnecki – president of the “Office of the Committee for European Integration” refused to allocate this money to combat AIDS. He wishes to allocate this money to other areas. 

July 1998. 

Kazimierz Kapera returns. Some of you can remember this man, he was the Vice Minister of Health Care in the  government of Jan Bielecki (1991) when he said: “AIDS is to punish gays, and it comes from god”. He was dismissed after this statement. However Jerzy Buzek has decided to give him a new function – government coordinator on policy for families. He wrote a homophobic report about the promotion of homosexuality in Polish society. He advised the government not to speak about gay and lesbian issues in the  mainstream media including television. He also believes that gay people should not be on public television. Jerzy Buzek as Prime Minister officially accepted this report.  

Autumn 1998.  

Ex Marshal of the Polish Parliament – prof. Mikolaj Kozakiewicz writes in “Polityka” weekly that members of this government were working against human rights, specially Kapera and Handke. 

July 1999.

Bogdan Borusewicz – Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs was in Geneva with a polish delegation  for an  international investigation against Poland organized by the United Nations Committee for Human Rights, all because of Polish homophobia. Borusewicz claimed that Poland is not against gays. After his statement the Polish section of the Helsinki Committee sent a report to the UN about restrictions and intolerant speech   by the  main politicians in Poland against gay people.  

July 2000. International scandal on UN conference in New York about Womens Rights. Polish Minister Jerzy Kropiwnicki refuses to sign a summary declaration. He said that the definition of “sexual orientation” was too broad and it could be taken to mean pedophiles. Poland refuses to support the declaration for womens rights together with Algeria, Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan and the Vatican. 

December 2000.

The Polish Ministry of Education was co-organiser of a science conference in Poznan: “Youth and love” about sexuality and combating HIV/AIDS. During this conference ds Jacek Pulikowski said that homosexuality is disease and we should heal gays and lesbians because this is possible. 

July 2001.

MEP Joke Swiebel published a report about discrimination prepared by ILGA. Concerning Poland there is much information about politicians and their intolerant speech against lgbt people such as their  homophobic fake science conference and homophobic statements within the mainstream polish media. The report showed that Polish homophobia is on the same level as Romania. Polish government has until the 18th  of July to answer this report. Jerzy Buzek decide to ignore it. Poland newer answered.  

August 2001.

Commissioner Guenter Verheugen wrote open letter to states who were candidates to the EU. Both the EC and the EP will press candidates to respect human rights especially gay rights. The letter was sent to Latvia and Estonia, Poland and Slovenia but was canceled after official protest by these governments. 

Jerzy Buzek as a conservative MEP

 April 2009.  

Jerzy Buzek MEP voted against a European anti discrimination directive. 

 May 2009.  

During his election campaign Buzek (or one of his assistants) gave a short interview to catholic weekly “Gosc Niedzielny” article is available here( page 7)

Question 3: Will You support a possible European directive to implement a registered partnership law for gay couples as equal to straight couples ?
Jerzy Buzek: Yes, but without a right to adoption.

15 June 2009 

Jerzy Buzek give interview in polish television with journalist Monika Olejnik


Jerzy Buzek said that he is against gay prides, gay marriages and against a right to the adoption of children by gay couples. 

16 of June 2009.

Lukasz Palucki member of Social Democratic Party of Poland (SDPL) and also member of Rainbow Rose called for a boycott of Jerzy Buzek as candidate for the Presidency of the European Parliament. Palucki said that Buzek is homophobic and his nomination will be against the interest of people who fight for human rights in Europe. Part of the left media and gay portal gaylife.pl supported this action. The main Polish media wrote about Palucki`s action. One week later the SDPL was the  first party in Poland to write a  statement against him as candidate.

19 of June 2009

Krystian Legierski, an lgbt activist from the Polish Green Party supported Palucki. Legierski wrote an  article(http://www.gaylife.pl/artykul.php?id=1130) suggesting that Buzek would be dangerous not only for Polish gays but for all LGBT people within the European Union. “None of the main Polish political forces care about lgbt people, we can get help only from the EU. If people like Buzek are elected to the EP we could  lose even this support” – wrote Legierski. Lukasz Palucki answered on Legierski support: Dear friend, article is not enough, I think You as green should call Daniel Cohn-Bendit and ask him to cancel his support to Jerzy Buzek.

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