Call on the Polish government to reconsider its intention to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention
Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 dicembre 2016
Two Co-Rapporteurs on the Istanbul Convention, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, SV) and Christine Revault d’Allonnes-Bonnefoy (S&D, FR), expressed their concern on the public statement made on 7 December 2016 by the Polish Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Family about the forthcoming renouncement of Poland’s commitment to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women. They made the following statement:
“I am seriously concerned on a possible set back in our common goal to eradicate violence against women, said co-rapporteur Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, SV). “I want therefore to engage in an open and transparent dialogue with Poland and other member States on their reservations based on facts, rather than on ideology. I call on the Commission to immediately initiate this process in coordination with the Council of Europe. The definition of gender based violence in the Convention is clear: it is violence done to women just because they are women or that affects women more than men. We are talking about horrible crimes, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, honour killing, female genital mutilation, child marriage”.
“To consider that the Istanbul Convention is against our traditional religious values and culture is a false interpretation, even according to the experts of the Council of Europe. How could punish criminals and protect victims be against our Christian values? On the contrary, the Convention is a tool that Poland can