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Latvia urged to ratify the Istanbul Convention as soon as possible

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia has signed the Istanbul Convention. However, it is necessary to ratify the convention as soon as possible, said EU Council’s Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks at a press-conference on Friday, 9 September.

Muiznieks said discussions of this topic have had to deal with false and misleading information.

«This convention is not against family values. Violence against women is violence aimed against family values. Latvia’s legislation is already largely in line with the convention’s requirements,» – said the commissioner, adding that the level of comprehension on such matters is very high among police officers.

Muiznieks also admitted that the ratification of the convention will help with receiving opinions from experts on the side, review Latvia’s policy and exact improvements to it.

«Most importantly, it would be a good political signal: that violence against women is unacceptable,» – added Muiznieks.

Muiznieks arrived in Latvia on 5 September. During his stay, he held multiple meetings with Latvian officials, including Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis, Justice Ministry’s state secretary Raivis Kronbergs, representatives of Welfare Ministry and State Child Rights Protection Inspectorate, Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov, Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers, Saeima faction representatives and ombudsman Juris Jansons.

Muiznieks has been a Human Rights Commissioner since 2012. As part of his mandate, the commissioner performs regular visit to members states represented in the European Parliament.

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