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JUSTICE MINISTRY CALLS ON OPPOSITION TO 'STOP MISLEADING PUBLIC' ON ISTANBUL CONVENTION RATIFICATION

 

The justice ministry issued a statement calling on opposition parties to stop “the deliberate and perpetual misguidance” of the Hungarian public as regards Hungary’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention. In previous years, the Council of Europe’s rights commissioner and EP delegations urged Hungarian authorities to ratify the CoE’s 2011 convention on preventing and combating violence against women. Hungary was among the 43 states to sign the convention, in 2014. The Hungarian government has designed a package of measures and is consistently drafting laws under its policy of zero tolerance for domestic violence and violence against women, the justice ministry said in the statement. The ministry has established a comprehensive network of victim protection institutions and operates 300 protected homes with civil partners across the country, the statement said. “The justice ministry has dedicated 2020 to victim support. Related projects include doubling victim support centre capacity to have a network covering the entire country,” the statement said. According to the document, the government does not support the ratification of the Istanbul Convention deeming some of its provisions incompatible with Hungary’s migration policy. Nor does the government want to incorporate the concept of gender and gender ideology into Hungarian law, the statement added.