In an interview with TV3 “900 Seconds” this morning, Petraviča said that she, as a representative of the Ministry of Welfare (MoW), would not advance Latvia’s accession to this convention.
Asked whether there was anything undesirable in the international document, the minister replied that “the convention is presented as a document that protects women from violence, [bet] in our country, violence is never allowed, we have a legal responsibility to commit violence “.
Petraviča also added that Latvia and the MoW have done a lot to eradicate the violence, and there are also improvements in this area, namely, there is no longer a public opinion that there should be silence about the violence.
As reported, the Istanbul Convention has been prepared for ratification by the Saeima well in advance, but Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (JV) has acknowledged that there is a lack of a majority in parliament to complete the process. The Prime Minister believes that a part of Latvian society has not fully understood or even misunderstood the goal of the convention, namely, to eradicate violence against women.
In view of the above, the party associations “Jaunā vienotība” and “Attīstībā / Par” decided to apply to the Constitutional Court (SC) for an assessment of whether the Istanbul Convention complies with the Latvian Basic Law. ST initiated the case on Monday following this application. The Cabinet of Ministers is now invited to submit its reply to the ST by 5 October, setting out the facts of the case and the legal basis.
Ratification of the Istanbul Convention has led to a public exchange of views in which representatives of political forces and churches, as well as experts, have differing views on the aims, content and necessity of the Convention.
Former Welfare Minister Janis Reirs (JV), now Finance Minister, has publicly spoken out in favor of ratifying the Istanbul Convention. Reirs has stated that by not ratifying the convention, Latvia is offending every family member who has suffered from violence.
The Istanbul Convention was adopted by the European Council in 2011, entered into force in 2014, and was signed by the European Union (EU) in June 2017. It is the first international instrument of its kind: countries that ratify it must adhere to comprehensive legally binding standards to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims and punish perpetrators.
Seven Member States have not yet ratified the Istanbul Convention: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
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