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Human Rights Watch has highlighted that a proposed law in Poland that would ban discussions on homosexuality in schools violates freedom of speech and could deny children access to HIV and AIDS information.
The legislation, proposed last week by Deputy Education Minister, Miroslaw Orzechowski, would allow teachers to be fired for promoting what it called "homosexual culture.”
The bill does not define clearly what is meant by homosexual culture but seems to include basic information about HIV and AIDS and lessons promoting tolerance toward men who have sex with men.
Education Minister, Roman Giertych said the aim of the proposed law is to "prohibit the promotion of homosexuality and other deviance." He added, "One must limit homosexual propaganda so that children won't have an improper view of family." President Lech Kaczynski has given his support to the law.
HRW in the letter called on the government to stop the legislation, protect the rights of MSM and women who have sex with women in schools, and "disassociate his administration from rhetoric that promotes discrimination and spreads hatred."
The proposed law faces a vote in Parliament, the legislation has been fast-tracked and a vote is expected by the end of the month. Giertych has said he hopes a similar ban will be adopted across the European Union.
Source: Kaiser Network 21/Mar/07
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