Puce: Latvia should ratify Istanbul Convention without reservations
For Latvia’s Development political party has turned to Welfare Ministry with a request to ratify Istanbul Convention without any corrections as soon as possible, BNN was informed by the party’s representatives.
After looking at the developed legislative project associated with Istanbul Convention, otherwise known as Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, For Latvia’s Development pointed towards several flaws. «We believe the Istanbul Convention should be ratified without reservations and in its current form. Section three of Welfare Ministry’s developed legislative project contains the right to not apply the convention’s regulations to Latvian citizens in certain cases, but the text does not explain why such a condition is needed,» says the party’s leader Juris Puce.
Also Puce told BNN that domestic violence in Latvia, similar to the rest of the world, remains a serious problem. «The situation in Latvia is especially worrying. On average every third Latvian woman suffers or has suffered violence of some kind. At the same time, 46.5% of respondents mentioned in surveys that they do not get involved in situations with domestic violence,» Puce said. «The state should take more responsibility for the safety of its residents and be more active in protecting them. This is why Section 3 should be excluded from the legislative draft and Istanbul Convention approved without delays and any corrections,» says the leader of the party.
Latvian Welfare Minister Janis Reirs signed the Istanbul Convention during his visit to Bulgaria on 18 May 2016.
By signing this convention, participating countries confirm their intention to refrain from actions that would go against this international convention.