- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 30 January 2009 (9th Sitting) (see Doc. 11781, report of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for
Women and Men, rapporteur: Mrs Err). Text
adopted by the Assembly on 30 January 2009 (9th Sitting).
2 The Council of Europe, the guarantor of human rights in Europe,
has an important role to play in combating violence against women,
including domestic violence, not only in Europe but also worldwide,
in view of the serious violations of human rights that occur in
the form of feminicides and violence against women. This role is
even more valid for observer states.
The Assembly was disappointed by the reply from the Committee
of Ministers to its Recommendation 1709
on the disappearance and murder of a great number of
women and girls in Mexico.
4 The Assembly points out that the Parliament of Mexico played
an active part in the implementation of the parliamentary dimension
of the Council of Europe Campaign “Stop domestic violence against
5 The Assembly remains convinced that the Committee of Ministers
should take specific measures within the framework of its co-operation
and assistance programme to encourage reform of the courts and the prosecution
system and to promote equality between women and men, especially
efforts to combat violence against women in Mexico.
In this context, the Assembly suggests that Mexico be invited
to participate in the drafting of the Council of Europe convention
on combating violence against women advocated in Recommendation 1847 (2008)
on combating violence against women: towards a Council
of Europe convention, to make sure they are educated and to regard
them as human assets rather than burdens.
7 The Assembly also recommends that the Committee of Ministers
ask a group of experts or an observatory of the Council of Europe
to gather specific data on cases of violence against women, in particular feminicides
in Europe, with a view to analysing any shortcomings in the protection
of women so as to improve preventive measures and develop new ones,
and also to conduct a study of both the sociological and the legal aspects