A citizens' initiative committee aimed at withdrawing Poland from the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention on domestic violence has formally announced its existence to the Sejm (lower house).
The Sejm (lower house) unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday in which it condemned the use of brutal violence and mass repression by the authorities of Alexander Lukashenko and asked the government to rapidly accept refugees from Belarus.
Five Polish citizens were released from Belarusian prisons by Thursday night, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz announced on Friday morning.
Belarusians must be supported in their strive for freedom but it is they alone who will have to decide about their future, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Thursday on Polish Radio, commenting ongoing protests in Belarus after Sunday's presidential elections.
President Andrzej Duda in a Wednesday letter to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appealed to the council to call on Belarusian authorities to refrain from violence against demonstrators and release arrested demonstrators.
Ambassador Artur Michalski visited the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to rebuke officials after learning about the detentions as the desperate mum of one of the students says she hasn’t heard from her son since Monday night and pleads for his release.
The Polish and Lithuanian presidents have appealed to the Belarusian authorities to fully recognise and observe democratic standards, to stop violence, and to respect fundamental freedoms and human and civil rights.
As part of the #NoDenyingIt campaign by prominent Holocaust survivors, Auschwitz survivor Marian Turski wrote an open letter in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung urging Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to remove Holocaust-denying groups, pages and posts as hate speech.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday he would ask the Constitutional Tribunal to examine whether the Istanbul Convention on combatting domestic violence is in line with the Polish constitution.
President Andrzej Duda said on Sunday that he was appalled at the killing of Afro-American George Floyd in Minneapolis by a policeman who strangled him by kneeling on his neck, and said that legal steps against Floyd's killer should be taken.