Doc. 10718

12 October 2005


Motion for a resolution

presented by Mrs Vermot-Mangold and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.        In Resolution 1454 (2005) on the disappearance and murder of a great number of women and girls in Mexico, the Assembly resolved “to study the concept of “feminicide” and, in co-operation with the Mexican Congress, to explore how this concept may usefully be applied in the European context, including its possible introduction into European Criminal Law”.

2.        The Assembly notes that the concept of “feminicide”, and its introduction into criminal law, is becoming an object of increased debate worldwide. Three conferences were held on this issue involving Spanish, Mexican and Guatemalan lawmakers in the last six months alone. The Assembly was invited to contribute to the last conference, which took place in Madrid on 15-16 September 2005. The issue has also come up in the co-operation between the Mexican Congress and the European Parliament, with the Assembly being asked to introduce the topic.

3.        In view of the mounting importance of the issue, and the pioneer role the Assembly can play in applying the concept of “feminicide” in Europe, the Assembly decides to carry out its study of “feminicides” without further delay.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed 1:

VERMOT-MANGOLD, Ruth-Gaby, Switzerland, SOC

BOUSAKLA, Mimount, Belgium, SOC

BRANGER, Jean-Guy, France, EPP/CD

ČURDOVÁ, Anna, Czech Republic, SOC

DAMANAKI, Maria, Greece, SOC

HÄGG, Carina, Sweden, SOC

LINTONEN, Minna, Finland, SOC

MORGANTI, Fausta, San Marino, SOC

RUPPRECHT, Marlene, Germany, SOC

STANTCHEVA, Darinka, Bulgaria, ALDE

WATKINSON, Angela, United Kingdom, EDG

ZAPFL-HELBLING, Rosmarie, Switzerland, EPP/CD

1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group