Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Home Office written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The previous Government signed the Istanbul Convention to show the strong commitment it placed on tackling violence against women and girls and this Government remains committed to ratifying it.

The UK already complies with the vast majority of the Convention’s articles but further amendments to domestic law, to take extra-territorial jurisdiction over a range of offences (as required by Article 44), are necessary before the Convention can be ratified. We are currently considering the approach to implementing the extra-territorial jurisdiction requirements in England and Wales and will seek to legislate when the approach is agreed and Parliamentary time allows.

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