THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION RATIFIED IN APRIL 2017

The “Istanbul Convention” is a Council of Europe Convention adopted by the meeting of the Council in Istanbul in April 2011.   It is a pan-European treaty aimed at stamping out violence against women. The treaty sets minimum standards for governments to meet when tackling violence against women. The UK signed the Convention in 2012 but did not ratify it.

Following agreement by both Houses of Parliament Eilidh Whiteford’s Private Members’ Bill requiring the UK Government to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women (the “Istanbul Convention received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017”).  The Bill covering England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is now an Act of Parliament (law).  This is very significant and welcome legislation.