Tuesday, October 15 2019 11:07
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Venice Commission publishes full text of opinion on constitutional  consequences of ratification of Istanbul Convention by Armenia

Venice Commission publishes full text of opinion on constitutional  consequences of ratification of Istanbul Convention by Armenia

ArmInfo. The Venice Commission has published the full text of the opinion on the  constitutional consequences of ratification of the Istanbul  Convention by Armenia.  So, in conclusion of the 26-page document, it  is indicated that the ratification of this document is the sovereign  right of each state, which must decide whether it wants it or not.  The document also expressed the belief that ratification of this  document would be of great benefit to victims of domestic violence.  The full report of the Venice Commission can be found at the  following link:   https://www.venice.coe.int/webforms/documents/?pdf=CDL-AD(2019)018-e.

Earlier, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maria  Peychinovich Burich noted that there are no contradictions between  the Convention and the Constitution of Armenia. <This is very  important for Armenia itself, which can sovereignly decide on  ratification, but is also a good example for other countries that may  face some fears within the country or misconceptions that spread  around the Convention. It is very important to note that the  Convention for the Suppression of Violence against Women is nothing  more than that, but no less>, she said.

Recall that the Minister of Justice of Armenia Rustam Badasyan  requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on the constitutional  consequences of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on  preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence  (Istanbul Convention) for Armenia.

Recall that Armenia is preparing to ratify the Istanbul Convention,  which is opposed by the Armenian Apostolic Church. Particularly the  AAC focuses on the inadmissibility of the provision of the document  "on freedom of choice of sex". "The Christian approach to the rights  and freedoms of the individual eliminates the distortion or  alteration of the human identity created by God," the AAC said in a  statement calling on the authorities to refrain from ratifying this  document.

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