Extreme Right Catholic Polish Judge Banned from standing for the European Court

Poland’s proposed extreme right Judge for the European Court have been turned down. The WeMove Europe organised a petition, which has been successful in preventing this extreme Catholic candidate from standing for the post of Judge on the European Court and stopping himfrom putting their appalling attitudes against women into judgments.

'Hi Jane,

Over 123,008 Europeans, including us, helped protect our most basic rights. We took action and our signatures stood in the way of a fundamentalist Catholic group called Ordo Iuris . [1]

Ordo Iuris are responsible for banning abortion and discrimination against LGBTQ people and groups in Poland. Disguised as a think-tank, Ordo Iuris produce draft bills and lobby governments. In Poland they have people in the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the official advisory body to the President and more.

When Aleksander Stępkowski, Ordo Iuris ’ founder, ran for judge in the European Court of Human Rights – the court we can all go to for justice if our country fails to protect human rights – we had to speak up. [2]

Together with the Polish Women’s Strike, we collected 123,008 voices of opposition from across Europe in just a few days. We shared them with all the committee members before they decided who to appoint for this important position. [3] The Polish Women’s Strike activists also called the committee members and followed up to explain the risks.

On Friday 9th April, the committee appointing the new judges rejected the controversial nomination of Aleksander Stępkowski, as well as all the other Polish candidates.

We won!

Now the Polish government will have to present new candidates for this role – this is more than we asked for! And a strong message to a government that has been rolling back human rights for years.

We have shown numerous times that human rights, women’s rights, and minority rights are at the core of what our community fights for. Together, we can stop those who systematically plot to dismantle our rights from taking over our courts and institutions.

Thank you,
David (London), Mika (Bourdeaux), Monika (Poland) and the entire WeMove team

PS: F or most people, being religious means being kind to their neighbour. But not for Ordo Iuris. Within the Catholic community, this small minority group takes religion to extremes that negate all kindness and cause many people, especially women, to suffer.’


Fantastic news!!

So much for those that say that signing petitions doesn’t work.

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ah but Jane, it depends on the regime… signing them in the hope of a Parliamentary petition in the UK parliament is troublesome but in other places around the world they can be a powerful tool, as your post attests. Well done them!


And me.

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As one, who as a child lived under the jackboot of the Irish Catholic Church, all I can say is…

“If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.”

Bertolt Brecht


I know that in Ireland they took things to the extremes, but you can blame Constantine and the Council of Nicea with the transition of a church from one where women took their place alongside men and love was more important than sin.
They forgot the message and example of Christ along the way.

Six million people signed the referendum against Brexit and a million took to the streets. Result - nada. This government pays no attention to what the people want, unless it coincides with what the rich and the powerful want.


Never a truer word…

It’s great news, having signed the petition I’m very pleased to hear it.

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There was that votey thing in 2016 which kinda trumped any petition and protest.

The votey thing - ah yes the one with the argument for leaving the EU based on lies, false promises and helped along by funding illegalities. No wonder the result was never accepted by so many people . The hunt for the unicorn continues.

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So, just like every other British election/referendum in the last 40 years then?

Not that I can recall. Could you provide some examples?