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    Unity party to ask Constitutional Court to assess constitutionality of Istanbul Convention

    RIGA, Feb 12 (LETA) - The lawmakers of the ruling Unity party intend to ask the Latvian Constitutional Court to assess constitutionality of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence or the so-called Istanbul Convention, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Unity) told the press after the meeting of the ruling coalition parties today.

    At first the Unity suggested that the request to the Constitutional Court should be made on behalf of the Cabinet of Ministers but its partners in the ruling coalition - the Union of Greens and Farmers and the National Alliance - did not support the proposal.

    As reported, the Latvian government will continue the discussion on ratification of the Istanbul Convention, but so far no date has been set for making the decision.

    Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) gave an evasive answer when asked whether the government was likely to take the decision before the general elections in October this year but noted that the final decision about ratifying the Istanbul Convention will have to be made by the parliament.

    Latvia signed the Istanbul Convention on May 18, 2016, and the Welfare Ministry proposed a bill about ratification of the convention which so far had been approved by all ministries but the Justice Ministry. The Welfare Ministry stated that the convention protects not only women but also men and children as the document seeks to curb domestic violence in general. The scope of the convention is restricted to prevention of violence and the definitions used in the document will not apply to other aspects of life. The convention has nothing to do with legalization of same-sex marriages, sex change or creation of new genders, the ministry stressed.

    The Justice Ministry said earlier it was opposing ratification of the Istanbul Convention because Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs (National Alliance) has objections to the concept of social gender used in the convention.

    • Published: 12.02.2018 16:58
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