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Catholic bishops criticise "gender ideology" and Lajčák’s rights strategy
19 Jun 2014 Flash News
The Slovak Bishops Conference (KBS) at its session in the mountain resort of Donovaly on June 18 criticised the spreading of gender ideology, and the Nationwide Human Rights Strategy sponsored by Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák in particular.
“We regret to say that this document is incomplete and ideologically burdened,” KBS general secretary and Bishop of Banská Bystrica Marian Chovanec said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Our repeated proposals notwithstanding, this document doesn’t take into account the following issues: the right to life of the unborn, freedom of conscience, parents’ rights and religious freedom. Conversely, it’s evident from several appendices that the strategy is aimed at spreading the gender ideology in our society and the introduction of registered same-sex partnerships. This contributes to the crippling of families and their decline.”
The opposition Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) also has serious reservations toward the Strategy. KDH Chairman Ján Figeľ presented this position of his party at a meeting with Lajčák on June 18. KDH spokesman Matej Kováč, on behalf of Figeľ, expressed serious reservations toward the document, particularly its several non-systemic annexes. KDH expects a more balanced approach to the strategy that would not be influenced by “gender ideology” and tackle the real problems of our citizens and the population from the viewpoint of respect for and implementation of fundamental rights and freedoms, equality between men and women, and the status of minorities, without introducing above-standard rights into various areas of life. The SITA newswire quoted him as having said.
KDH also pointed out, according to TASR, that the Strategy even failed to receive the support of the parliamentary Human Rights and Ethnic Minorities Committee on June 17.
(Source: TASR, SITA)
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