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PACE President Tiny Kox congratulates Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada on its vote to ratify the Istanbul Convention

Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament

“Today the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted by an overwhelming majority to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention,” said PACE President Tiny Kox.

“This is a memorable day and a crucial one for the protection of women against violence, whether in peace or war. Ukrainian parliamentarians deserve all our admiration as they continue their important work despite the dire situation in the country, in an amazing demonstration of democratic resilience,” he added.

“Ukraine is also showing its faith in the values and standards of the Council of Europe and demonstrates its commitment to making the fight against violence against women a priority. The Istanbul Convention, which is the most advanced legally-binding international instrument on preventing and combating violence against women, is recognised as a gold standard globally. We therefore look forward to its implementation in Ukraine as soon as possible.”

He concluded: “The Assembly, with its Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence, stands ready to support Ukrainian MPs to contribute to the monitoring of the measures taken for the implementation of the Convention, as foreseen in Article 70, and commends them for their strong support for the Convention.”