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Monday, 11 September 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (debate)

  Julie Girling (ECR). – Madam President, violence against women and domestic violence are inexcusable acts that achieve nothing other than undue suffering, misery and inequality on an unjustifiable scale. Both have existed for far too long and have claimed too many victims. Both constitute a gross violation of human rights and it cannot be clearer that action is urgently needed.

The Istanbul Convention, the first legally binding instrument on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence at the international level, opens the door to fundamental change. It provides the recognition and the tools needed to put an end to the long history of such appalling violence, which has devastating consequences for individuals, families and society. As a whole, I therefore urge all Member States that have not already done so to work towards the swiftest possible ratification of this Convention.

However, unfortunately some aspects of the interim report go way beyond the scope of the Convention and encroach upon the competences of the Member States themselves. I want to be absolutely clear that it is for this reason and this reason alone, that I do not support this report. Unfortunately, because other Members have not listened to those of us who had that reservation, I will have to abstain on this report.

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