Hungariy Refuses to Ratify Women and Domestic Violence Convention
The National Assembly – the Hungarian Parliament – refused to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. Fidesz, Hungarian Civil Union deputies, chaired by Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the Christian Democratic People’s Party, supported on Tuesday, May 5, the government’s position that the document allegedly encourages « destructive gender ideologies » and « illegal immigration. »
According to the Fidesz members, the current legislation is quite enough to protect women. The politicians also refused to accept migrants and refugees who are persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender.
The Convention, adopted in Istanbul by all 47 Council of Europe member states on May 11, 2011, was the first European agreement to combat violence against women and domestic violence, while 34 states have ratified and signed it, 11 more have signed but not ratified. The document sets out minimum standards for preventing violence, providing protection and prosecuting. Countries that have ratified this agreement are required to protect and support victims of these types of violence. They should also create hotlines, shelters, and provide medical, psychological, and legal assistance.