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PACE rapporteurs congratulate the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova for adopting the ratification law on the Istanbul convention

PACE rapporteurs congratulate the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova for adopting the ratification law on the Istanbul convention

In Chisinau where they are paying a fact-finding visit, the monitoring rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (Latvia, EPP/CD) and Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), stated the following:

“We congratulate the Republic of Moldova for the progress achieved on the ratification of the Istanbul convention: the Moldovan parliament took today an historical and decisive step to better protect women, combat domestic violence and build a society that values the respect for fundamental human rights in all spheres of life.

This is a first and important step, and we now encourage the authorities to raise public awareness about the convention and recall its very aim, which is first and foremost to prevent and combat violence against women.  The Republic of Moldova will join 34 member states of the Council of Europe which, by ratifying this landmark convention, have undertaken together to secure more rights and better chances for their societies to live free from fear.”