Ireland ratifies convention to combat domestic violence 

On March 8, Ireland ratified the Istanbul Convention, which aims to prevent and combat domestic violence and violence against women.

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Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan announced that the Irish government had ratified the Istanbul Convention following a special Government meeting held to mark International Women’s Day (March 8).

 According to Flanagan, "Ratification does not mean the end of our efforts. The Government will continue to work in providing protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence and holding perpetrators to account."

The Istanbul Convention is a Council of Europe convention from 2011 that requires criminalizing or legally sanctioning different forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual harassment and psychological violence.

Ireland signed the Convention in November 2015, but formal ratification was delayed as the Government identified the areas in the country's legal system which required new legislation to be enacted. However, the recent enactment of the Criminal Law Act 2019 was the final act needed for ratification. 

Details from the story:

  • Missing legislative acts were identified by the Irish government in an action plan in October 2015 and included in the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence which was published in January 2016.
  • The Strategy provides for the training of public sector officials, the implementation of the Victims Directive and the enactment of legislation such as the Victims of Crime Act 2017 and the Domestic Violence Act 2018.
  • Formal ratification took place at a ceremony at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.
  • In 2015, the convention was ratified by Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, and Turkey, Andorra, Denmark, France, Malta, Monaco, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Finland, Poland and the Netherlands, San Marino, Belgium, Romania, Georgia, Norway, Germany, Estonia, Cyprus and Switzerland.
  • In 2018 it was ratified by Croatia, Macedonia, Iceland, Greece and Luxembourg, and in 2019 by the Republic of Ireland.
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