Zelensky submitted to the Rada a bill on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention

Zelensky submitted to the Rada a bill to ratify the Istanbul Convention

President Volodymyr Zelensky submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill that provides for the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Domestic Violence . The document is known as the Istanbul Convention. This is evidenced by the data on the official website of the Parliament.

– The implementation of the bill will have an impact on the interests of Ukraine in terms of fulfilling international obligations in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms and on the interests of victims of domestic violence and violence based on gender, in terms of guaranteeing the protection of their rights and providing them with assistance, the explanatory note says.

As noted in the document, the purpose of the bill is to ensure the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and combat these phenomena.

This is the Council of Europe Convention (Istanbul Convention) on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The first international agreement was signed in 2011. The countries that signed the document committed to criminalize psychological abuse, stalking, physical and sexual abuse, forced marriage, forced abortion and sterilization.

To date, 46 countries and the European Union have signed the Istanbul Convention. Of these, 11 states, including Ukraine, have not ratified the agreement. Our country signed the convention back in 2011.

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