3 June 2017
Since its inception, the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) has advocated for a complete set of democratic rights for all citizens. A country cannot be deemed democratic if its citizens cannot enjoy equal rights, or if those governing them do not abide by the Constitution.
Therefore, the Committee for the Defence for Democracy urges all political parties to include the below demands in their programmes:
* Respect for the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights;
* Respect for the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (a.k.a. the Istanbul Convention);
* Immediate commencement of a debate on how to incorporate the institution of civil partnerships into the Polish legal system.
Poland ought to be a democratic state, governed by law and caring equally for the interests of each and every citizen, irrespectively of gender, beliefs or sexual orientation. 28 years ago, on June 4th, 1989, our citizens voted for their country to be a lawful and democratic state. Today, on the anniversary of our first free election, we remind everyone that freedom and democracy are not granted forever and need to be defended every day. Let us remember, therefore, that an election is a celebration of democracy, which it is our civic privilege and duty to participate in.