Poland’s justice minister vetoes EU fundamental rights report
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Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has vetoed the adoption of an annual report on the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, citing the need to protect Christians and Jews against religious discrimination, according to a report.
Poland's Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński
The Polish justice ministry said: “While working on the Conclusions of the Council of the European Union on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Poland proposed that the need to protect Christians and Jews against religious discrimination be treated on a par with the protection of rights of LGBT persons, children of immigrants or women.”
Poland’s Deputy Justice Minister Łukasz Piebiak told the country's PAP news agency: “We could not allow for the distortion of reality in an official EU document.” He added that “discriminatory practices against Christians and Jews are taking place, especially in Western Europe.”
“There are known cases of murders on religious grounds perpetrated against Christians and Jews,” Piebiak said.
Poland’s veto marked the first time that an update on the application of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, published annually since 2010, was not approved due to a lack of unanimity.