Czech Republic Senate rejects Istanbul Conference – JURIST


The Czech Republic Senate voted against ratifying the Istanbul Convention, a conference from the Council of Europe (COE) supposed to curb home violence and violence towards ladies.

Czech Minister for European Affairs Martin Dvořák expressed his frustration with the failed vote on X (previously generally known as Twitter) calling it an “worldwide shame.” He commented on the standard values of many Czech households and the larger want to show the “rudder.” Dvořák said that “we’re sending a really unhealthy sign to ladies and women that we don’t contemplate it needed to guard victims of home violence.”

The COE cast the Istanbul Convention in Istanbul, and signed it in 2011, coming into pressure in 2014. The Czech Republic signed the conference in 2016, however has but to ratify it. The Conference is geared toward defending ladies towards all types of violence, and stopping, prosecuting and eliminating violence towards ladies and home violence. The European Fee has discovered that 1 in 3 ladies within the European Union (EU) has skilled bodily and/or sexual violence. 

There was opposition to its ratification from conservative opponents throughout Europe. Polish MEP Patryk Jaki criticized the conference, saying that “imposing gender ideology can have destructive penalties, corresponding to tragic outcomes for people and the eroding of conventional communities that defend individuals from violence.”

The COE consists of 46 member states. 39 member states have ratified the conference, 6 members have signed however not but ratified and 1 member has not signed in any respect. Aside from the Czech Republic, different members which have but to ratify are Armenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania and the Slovak Republic.

These reluctant members have been encouraged by the EU to ratify the conference, with the EU voting to collectively undertake the conference in 2023. The EU was given permission by the EU Courtroom of Justice to collectively ratify the conference with solely a majority vote of member states. The EU’s accession to the conference doesn’t exempt member states from ratifying it themselves.



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