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The fifth ministerial statement has been made on the United Kingdom’s progress toward the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (more simply known as the Istanbul Convention).
The minister talks of what the UK has done since our country stupidly signed up to it in 2012. What she does not mention is that two of the signatories have had constitutional challenges over it, Turkey—the first signatory—has since denounced it, and nine other national signatories have still not ratified it.
The Istanbul Convention smashes a saucepan in the face of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—signed by almost every country in the world—and directly contravenes many nations’ legal efforts toward equality of the sexes. In some details, it even disagrees with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. William Collins has an excellent write up on some of the issues the Istanbul Convention on his website.
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