Puce: Latvia should rat­ify Istanbul Con­ven­tion with­out reser­va­tions

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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.

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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