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Bill to ratify Istanbul Convention to have second reading on 16 December 2016

A Bill which would require the United Kingdom to ratify the Istanbul Convention is due to have its second reading on 16 December 2016. The Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill is a Private Members' Bill sponsored by Dr Eilidh Whiteford.

The convention imposes obligations on the state to prevent violence against women, protect women and prosecute the perpetrators of such violence. This includes all forms of abuse such as stalking, harassment, sexual assault and rape, physical and psychological abuse by a partner, forced marriage, forced abortion or sterilisation and female genital mutilation.

The Bill would also require the Secretary of State to report on the steps required and progress made to enable the UK to ratify the convention and, after ratification, the measures taken by the Government to ensure that the UK remains compliant.

The UK signed the Convention on 8 June 2012 but has not yet ratified it.

For the Bill, click here. For the explanatory notes, click here. For the Convention, click here.