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Poland: Church and state differ

Roman Catholic bishops in Poland asked government leaders not to approve a Council of Europe convention prohibiting violence against women.

The bishops wrote July 9 that, among other things, the document ignores differences between men and women and "suggests violence toward women is systemic and has roots in religion, tradition and culture. ... Polish law has enough tools for resisting instances of violence, including aggression toward women."

The convention, so far signed by 20 of the council's 47 member-states, criminalizes forced marriages, female genital mutilation and stalking.


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