Punish Former Polish President for Anti-Gay Hate Speech

Target: Former President Lech Walesa and Polish National Prosecutors Council

Goal: Hold Lech Walesa accountable for anti-gay hate speech

Recently, former President of Poland Lech Walesa engaged in hate speech that targeted the gay community. Walesa commented that gays should not be allowed to engage in politics and that if they do, they should have to sit behind a wall. Not only is this extremely disrespectful towards all members of the gay community, it is outright bigotry.

Walesa needs to be held accountable for his words. A national committee has filed a complaint that will be reviewed by prosecutors, but there is no guarantee that Walesa will be punished. Since Poland is a member of the European Union, sexual orientation falls under the spectrum of groups for which protection from hate speech is required. Instances of hate speech such as this put current gay members of Polish parliament in danger and may very well prevent other members, future or present, from coming out. Walesa is only further disenfranchising a minority and to not punish him implies that members of the gay community do not deserve protection.

Poland only recently elected its first openly gay member of Parliament, and comments like Walesa’s stand in the way of progress. It is essential that prosecutors find Lech Walesa guilty.  By signing this petition, you will encourage prosecutors to hold Walesa responsible for the hateful comments he made.


Dear National Prosecutors Council

Former President Lech Walesa needs to be convicted of hate speech. Recently, he commented that gay people do not have a right to be in politics. Not only is Walesa misinformed, but his comments fall under the definition of hate speech. Hate speech vilifies or condemns a group of people that share a common characteristic or belief.

As  member of the European Union, Poland is required to protect the gay community from hate speech. If you do not punish him, you are implying that gay Parliament members like Robert Biedron do not deserve the same rights that heterosexual Parliament members do. You are also implying that members of the gay community are second class citizens that do not deserve to be protected under the law. Not prosecuting Walesa would be a step back on the human rights front.

When the time comes to make a ruling on the complaint that has been filed, I urge you to continue making forward progress and punish Lech Walesa.


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