A bill requiring the UK government to ratify the so-called ‘Istanbul Convention’ will reach its third stage in the House of Commons today.
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is commonly referred to as the Istanbul Convention because it was launched in the eponymous city in 2011. It aims to strengthen international protections for women at risk of various forms of violence.
The UK became a signatory back in 2012 but it has yet to ‘ratify’ the Convention – i.e. formally adopt it into domestic law. The bill currently progressing through Parliament aims to finally jog the government into doing so.
The government, meanwhile, clams that revisions to domestic are necessary before it can ratify the Convention and it is expected to table amendments to the bill as a result.
The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill was introduced by Scottish National Party MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford.
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