Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Olga Stefanyshyna said the Cabinet of Ministers is ready to submit to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.
“In the near future the government will be ready to introduce a bill on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention to the Parliament. Now our focus is on the best implementation of this legislation, it is necessary to illustrate in Ukraine that such legislation works effectively”, – quotes Stefanishina the press service of Deputy Prime Minister.
In her opinion, today Ukraine is a step closer to ratifying the Istanbul Convention, as the previous Parliament had already adopted laws that effectively introduce the main provisions of the document.
Earlier Stefanyshina said that the Istanbul Convention can ratify with reservations on specific articles.
As reported, the Ministry of social policy of Ukraine developed the draft law on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on preventing violence against women and domestic violence in a new edition with reservations that Ukraine reserves the right not to apply certain provisions of the Convention and not to change its legislation concerning the institutions of marriage and adoption.
In may 2019, the heads of 24 diplomatic missions in Ukraine, noted the vulnerability of the LGBTIQ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) before sexual discrimination, including crimes motivated by hatred. The diplomats also urged Ukraine to fully implement the National strategy on human rights and the related action plan, to ratify the Istanbul Convention and to take other necessary steps to ensure the implementation of comprehensive anti-discrimination measures.
The draft law on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention was made the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to the Parliament of the 8th convocation in November 2016. But since the bill was not passed in the first reading as a basis, and in connection with the termination of powers of the President of Ukraine that the bill was introduced, in accordance with part 3 of article 105 of Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada it was withdrawn on 20 may 2019, the day of the inauguration of President Vladimir Zelensky.
In early June, in response to the petition in the Office of the President said that Zelensky will submit to the Parliament a bill on ratification of the Istanbul Convention after the grant of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
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