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Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"[T]he Committee urges the State party:...To ratify the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution" (9). "[T]he Committee recommends that the State party...Consider ratifying the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness" (12). "The Committee recommends that the State party...Ratify the International Labour Organization Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190)" (14). "The Committee encourages the State party to ratify the Optional Protocol to...more
July 12, 2021, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The women's rights groups said in a statement that Mali had ratified international and regional agreements on women's rights such as the CEDAW and The Maputo Protocol - and was therefore obliged to take action to curb FGM" (para 13).
June 30, 2021, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Turkey withdrew from a European treaty on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, according to the country’s Official Gazette early Saturday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention that was signed in 2011" (para 1-2). "Turkey is the first country to ratify the Council of Europe convention adopted in Istanbul. It seeks to prevent violence against women, including domestic violence, and bring an end to legal impunity for perpetrators" (para 8).
June 30, 2021, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The conservative, right-wing Ankara government... has agitated to withdraw Turkey from an international convention ensuring women’s rights" (para 7).
June 29, 2021, 4:33 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Poland is to withdraw from a European treaty aimed at preventing violence against women, the country's justice minister announced on Saturday. Zbigniew Ziobro said the document, known as the Istanbul Convention, was 'harmful' because it required schools to teach children about gender" (para 1-2).
June 25, 2021, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Hungary has rejected signing an international treaty intended to stop violence against women.Hungarian parliament refused to ratify the Istanbul Convention on Tuesday[May 2020]. Led by the Council of Europe and first introduced in 2011, the convention is the first international binding agreement to prevent gender-based violence like female genital mutilation and marital rape"(para 1-2)."Hungary joined the convention with the majority of EU member states in 2014, but the Budapest Assembly prevented ratification. The Hungarian government upheld a declaration that said the convention promoted 'destructive gender ideologies' and 'illegal immigration,' according to the Guardian"(para 5)."Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party said that the country agrees with the treaty, but Hungarian law already protects...more
April 26, 2021, 11:01 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The judges added that Kenya has, by ratifying numerous international treaties including CEDAW and the Maputo Protocol, made notable regional and international commitments to protect the rights of women and girls including the freedom from discrimination, cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and harmful practices and attaining the highest standards of health" (para 6).
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

“The great potential and transformative nature of the quest to advance women’s rights and the cross-cutting approach taken by the Angolan Government form the basis for clear innovations in the efforts to implement the provisions of the Convention, as reflected in: The Organic Statute of the Ministry of Family and Promotion of Women, which promotes the dissemination and the undertaking of activities for the implementation of the conventions, treaties and protocols relating to women and the family that have been signed and ratified by Angola. The National Policy on Gender Equality and Equity. Other policies that are being implemented in the context of the National Development Plan 2013–2017; Efforts to...more
Jan. 7, 2021, 9:23 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

“In his presentation, Ibor explained that several legislations in Nigeria prohibit discrimination based on gender. ‘The chapter four of the 1999 constitution, other legislation like; the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP Act), The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)- which Nigeria has ratified even though we have not domesticated, other national and international treaties, have all prohibited discrimination against women, so anybody who discriminated a woman because she’s a woman and prefers a man, has committed a crime and has violated the fundamental right of women” (para. 36-37).
Dec. 24, 2020, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Pakistan ranks 147th out of the 182 countries that have ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child" (para 21).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"As Turkey’s government debates withdrawing from an agreement meant to protect women from gender-based violence, femicide continues to rise, and protests have cropped up against a possible withdrawal from the agreement, known as the Istanbul Convention" (para 1). "However, the government has yet to announce whether they will pull out of the Istanbul Convention, which is designed to protect women, and the decision has been postponed multiple times. A decision was pushed back once again on August 18" (para 3). "In 2011, as part of an effort to prevent and combat violence against women, Turkey entered into the Istanbul Convention along with 45 other countries, including the European Union" (para...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Being signatory to international treaties such as Convention to Eliminate All Discrimination against Women, International Conference on Population and Development and Millennium Development Goals; the Pakistan government is obliged to achieve gender equality" (para 5).
Dec. 20, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The ratification of international conventions such as…the International Convenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights, further enhances the complexity of the legal status of Bahraini women" (3).
Oct. 22, 2020, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The state response to gender-based violence remained inadequate, despite the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on violence against women. According to Kvinna Till Kvinna, police officers do not always inform women of their rights and available support, and perpetrators are just given a warning" (para 20).
Oct. 6, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Eswatini has committed itself to a number of regional and international instruments to promote gender equality, including…the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Declaration on Gender and Development" (para 11).
Oct. 4, 2020, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Zita Gurmai, President of PES Women, said: “The Istanbul Convention has led to higher protection standards in Europe and raised awareness on the topic of gender-based violence across Europe. Withdrawing from the convention rolls back the level of women’s rights in Poland." The Polish plan to withdraw from the convention comes after the Covid-19 lockdown, which has seen women more exposed to gender-based violence. Indeed, figures from several Member States have shown that the number of cases of violence against women has risen significantly during the lockdown, although femicides do not count into the official death statistics of COVID-19. Now conservative forces across Europe are using the pandemic to step...more
Oct. 1, 2020, 9:17 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Khalid al-Fakhri, a member of the National Society for Human Rights, said the mentioned stipulations are 'in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child signed by Saudi Arabia and with the country's child protection system that specifies marriage contracts including those aged less than 18, which need to take place at a specialized court'" (para 5).
Sept. 29, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Although Tanzania ratified the African Union's 2005 Maputo Protocol on women's rights--which endorsed abortion rights-- and also recognizes colonial-era British case law permitting abortion in some circumstances, national law mandates 14-year sentences for anyone 'unlawfully' performing an abortion and seven years for women who try to make themselves miscarry-- but without defining 'unlawfully', said Sarah C. Keogh, a Guttmacher Institute researcher and the study's lead author" (para 4).
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2, ATC-DATA-5

"The council's report said criminal penalties for sexual offences in Finland were 'very low' in comparison with other signatories to the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention, which sets standards for its members" (para 10).
Sept. 27, 2020, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) had not been sent to parliament for ratification" (para 9). "Discussions around the ratification of the Istanbul Convention descended to hateful and derogatory speech by some public officials against LGBT people, suggesting that the convention has a hidden agenda of LGBT propaganda and legitimizing same-sex marriage" (para 13). "In October, the Venice Commission, a Council of Europe advisory body, issued an expert opinion countering harmful myths about the Istanbul Convention, and concluding that Armenia's ratification of the treaty would not contradict its constitution" (para 25).
Aug. 30, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Armenia is a member of the Council of Europe and ratified the European Convention on Human Rights in April 2002" (para 3). "Armenia has not signed or ratified the Council of Europe 'Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence'" (para 10).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

“Turkey was the first country to ratify the Council of Europe [Istanbul] convention adopted in 2011 in Istanbul. As the first international instrument to set comprehensive and legally binding standards to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims and punish perpetrators, it characterizes violence against women as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination” (para 7-8).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

“As the first international instrument to set comprehensive and legally binding standards to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims and punish perpetrators, it characterizes violence against women as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination. Although the European Union and its member states have signed the treaty [the Istanbul Convention], some of them -- including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia and Slovakia -- have yet to ratify the document” (para 8-9).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

“Slovakia’s parliament decided Tuesday to reject an international treaty on preventing and combating violence against women. In the 150-seat parliament, 96 of the 113 MPs present voted to reject ratification of the treaty, known as the Istanbul Convention. Slovakia also rejected the treaty in March 2019. The ultra-nationalist Slovak National Party, a member of the ruling coalition, proposed the rejection. The opposition far-right People's Party Our Slovakia also voted against it” (para 1-5). “As the first international instrument to set comprehensive and legally binding standards to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims and punish perpetrators, it characterizes violence against women as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination”...more
Aug. 7, 2020, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The Constitutional Court ruled in February that the Kosovo Assembly could amend the Constitution to recognize the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence and Domestic Violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention)" (para 44).
June 28, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Maria Solanas, director at the Elcano Royal Institute think-tank, said the proposed legislation would make Spain the first country to implement in a single bill all the recommendations of the 2014 Instanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women" (para 13).
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The Committee welcomes the fact that, in the period since the consideration of the previous report, the State party has ratified or acceded to the following international and regional instruments: (a) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, both in 2012; (b) Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, in 2014; (c) Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, in 2015" (2).
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"In accordance with the measures contained in the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, the Government has undertaken to form institutions for progress of women and implementation of a policy of gender equality and equal opportunities. After 2000, gender equality mechanisms were introduced at the national, provincial and local levels; however, they have not been established within the security system. After adoption of the NAP on 2010–2015, four institutional bodies were formed: a policy council, a multi-sectoral coordinating body, a supervisory body and analytical groups or research teams, as well as seven gender equality mechanisms: ‘persons of trust’, gender equality male/female advisor of ministers/directors, gender equality male/female advisor in...more
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"With regard to para. 18 of the Concluding Comments, the international conventions to which the DPRK is a State party have the same status as the national legislation. The requirements of such conventions are incorporated in the national legislation to be implemented. Where any discrepancy arises between the conventions and the national legislation, the one that is more favourable for the realization of women’s rights takes precedence" (5).
April 22, 2020, 5:16 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"Lebanon has ratified a number of international human rights covenants that protect and promote women’s equality during and after marriage, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and has undertaken to implement other internationally recognized norms and standards on gender equality, including the Beijing Platform of Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Many of these rights are also enshrined in the Lebanese constitution" (11). "Lebanon has ratified a number of international human rights covenants that protect and promote women’s equality during and after marriage, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms...more