Ratification bill for Istanbul Convention submitted before Parliament’s Committee

The ratification bill for the Istanbul Convention was submitted on Tuesday before the House Committee on Foreign and European Affairs.

The Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also called Istanbul Convention, is based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women.

The Convention is open for signature since 2011. The Republic of Cyprus signed the Convention in 2015. The bill submitted today paves the way for the ratification of the Convention by the Parliament’s plenary.

A total of 43 countries have already signed the Convention, as did the European Union recently. Twenty-three states have ratified it.

Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou said that this is an important legislation and added that the Ministry has prepared an assessment report so that a series of measures can be taken in order for the the provisions of the Convention to be implemented as soon as the Convention is ratified.

Replying to questions, the Minister said that the implementation of the Convention’s provisions would entail an economic cost of 820,000 euro. Its full implementation, he went on to say, requires a very high cost for the Republic of Cyprus, amounting to “a few million”. The Minister of Justice said that this was one of the reasons why Nicosia submitted a number of reservations, as did other states.

Source: Cyprus News Agency