Cyprus Mail

Government tables domestic violence bill

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou

The government on Tuesday tabled to parliament a bill ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, otherwise known as the Istanbul Convention.

Cyprus signed the convention in 2015. To date, 44 countries are signatories, including the European Union, and 23 nations have ratified it.

Speaking at the House foreign affairs committee, justice minister Ionas Nicolaou spoke of “important legislation.”

Along with this bill, he said, another criminalising stalking is pending before parliament, while before the end of the year another law is expected to be passed relating to violence against women and girls.

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