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

In Chisinau, where they are currently carrying out a fact-finding visit, the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Moldova, Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (Latvia, EPP/CD) and Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), made the following statement:

“We congratulate the Republic of Moldova for the progress achieved on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention: the Moldovan Parliament today took an historic and decisive step to better protect women, combat domestic violence and build a society that values 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.”