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Bill requiring government to ratify Istanbul Convention has Third Reading

Government expected to table amendments

The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill had its Report stage and Third Reading on 24 February 2017.

The Bill requires the UK Government to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women (the "Istanbul Convention"). The Convention was adopted by the Council of Europe on 7 April 2011 and opened for signature on 11 May 2011 at the 121st Session of the Committee of Ministers in Istanbul. It came into force on 1 August 2014.

The UK signed the Convention on 8 June 2012 but has not ratified it. The Government has said that it is committed to ratification but that amendments to domestic law - to take extra-territorial jurisdiction over a range of offences - are necessary before this can be done.

The Bill, sponsored by Dr Eilidh Whiteford, had its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 16 December 2016, and Committee stage in one sitting on 1 February 2017.

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper giving background to the Bill. To access it, click here.

22/2/17 (updated 27/2/17)