A new Convention for combating domestic violence

.“On 1 August 2014, a new stage will begin in the protection of human rights in Europe: the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence will enter into force in 11 Council of Europe member States,” the President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Anne Brasseur, said today.

“The Istanbul Convention enshrines the most advanced and comprehensive set of standards at international level to tackle violence against women and domestic violence. Although it focuses primarily on women, it would be simplistic to consider it a convention on women's rights. It will benefit society as a whole: the women and girls who are subjected to violence because of their gender; the women, men and children who are victims or witnesses of domestic violence; the perpetrators who want to be rehabilitated; men, who are not only part of the problem but also part of the solution; and today's boys and girls whom we want to grow up believing in the full equality and dignity of human beings,” she added.

“Upon its entry into force, this Convention will become a cornerstone in the system of human rights protection, as freedom from violence is the most basic human right, without which all the others are nullified. The Convention will also be able to have an impact outside Europe, as it will be open for accession by non-Council of Europe member States.

I thank all those who contributed in the different bodies of the Council of Europe in preparing this text, and I wish to congratulate the States that have already ratified the Istanbul Convention and appeal to as many other States as possible to join them,” Mrs Brasseur concluded.