Zelensky on ratification of the Istanbul Convention: Its main content is protection from violence and discrimination

Zelensky on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention: Its main content is protection from violence and discrimination

President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the people's deputies who supported the ratification of the Istanbul Convention. This was discussed in his address to the Ukrainians.

– Today they have done a very important job. I am grateful to all our people's deputies who supported our European integration. I would like to note that voting for the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence – this convention is most often called the Istanbul Convention after the place of signing. For a long time, as they say, it has been “knocked down” in Ukraine for decades. Its main content is simple: it is an obligation to protect against violence and various forms of discrimination,” Zelensky said.

The president also noted that parliament approved an important environmental document by adopting a bill on waste management.

– An important environmental document. We fought for him for three years. The law has been thwarted several times due to oligarchic influences and is now finally voted on. Thank you! I hope that the Rada will continue to work with such a significant result, the head of state emphasized.

The Verkhovna Rada voted for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention at the plenary session on June 20. She was supported by 259 people's deputies. The document provides for the criminalization of violence against women, domestic violence, stalking, forced marriages and abortions, sterilization, as well as the protection of victims, the ability of law enforcement agencies to respond to various forms of violence and other measures to prevent or punish it.

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