1. The Committee on Legal Affairs
and Human Rights congratulates the rapporteur of the Committee on Equality
and Non-Discrimination, Ms Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, ALDE),
on her comprehensive report, which builds on the Assembly’s Resolution 1468 (2005) on forced marriages and child marriages and incorporates
recent developments regarding these issues.
2. The committee supports in particular the renewed call for
signature and/or ratification, and in particular the effective implementation
of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating
Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS No. 210, “Istanbul
Convention”), which includes essential legal provisions to prevent
forced marriage and protect victims.
3. The committee proposes certain amendments to further strengthen
the draft resolution in light of international standards enshrined
in the Istanbul Convention and the United Nations Convention on
the Elimination of All Form of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).