On 7 April 2011, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted of a landmark new Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Convention CETS No. 210).
This Convention is the first legally binding instrument in the world creating a comprehensive legal framework to prevent violence, to protect victims and to end with the impunity of perpetrators. It defines and criminalises various forms of violence against women (including forced marriage, female genital mutilation, stalking, physical and psychological violence and sexual violence).
It also foresees the establishment of an international group of independent experts to monitor its implementation at national level.
The Convention was opened for signature in Istanbul on 11 May 2011 and was signed by 13 countries.
- EUROPE: Protecting women and girls from domestic violence with new convention (5 September 2011)
- TURKEY: "He Loves You, He Beats You": Family Violence in Turkey and Access to Protection (Human Rights Watch, May 2011)
- CRIN's Forms of Violence page on Domestic violence
Previous Paper (general) items
- 31/12/2011: UNITED STATES: The Protected Innocence Challenge: State Report Cards on the Legal Framework of Protection for the Nation's Children
- 15/12/2011: HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2011: Honouring Children's Rights Defenders
- 30/11/2011: UK: Submission by the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England to the Commission on a Bill of Rights
- 15/11/2011: WALES: Consultation on the duty on schools and local authorities to provide auxiliary aids and services for children with disabilities
- 07/11/2011: UNITED STATES: Shattered Families - The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System
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