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Cyprus ratifies Istanbul Convention against domestic violence

Cyprus ratified on Friday the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (CoE), Ambassador Spyros Attas, deposited on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus the instrument of ratification of the convention with the Deputy Secretary General of the CoE, Gabriella Battaini Dragoni.
Cyprus, which had signed the convention in June 2015, becomes the 27th CoE member state to ratify it, after parliament voted for the law on the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
The ratification, an official announcement said, ‘stressing Cyprus’ efforts to eliminate such phenomena, was deposited a few days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ which is marked on November 25.
The ratification of the convention has been a standing demand of MPs and many groups in Cyprus, as it is deemed as a valuable tool in preventing and combating violence against women in a comprehensive manner.
According to a report submitted to the House human rights committee earlier in the year, around 9,800 incidents of violence against women were recorded in Cyprus between 2005 and 2015.

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