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Council of Europe’s ‘Istanbul Convention’ on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence Guarantee Basic Rights and Responsibilities

Recognised as a ‘Visionary Policy’ by the Future Policy Award 2014, this human rights convention from the Council of Europe commits those Member States which ratify it to adopt a comprehensive, multidisciplinary response to violence against women through long-term preventive actions alongside measures which ensure the prosecution of perpetrators and protection of survivors. In effect since August 2014, the ‘Istanbul Convention’ is currently the most comprehensive international instrument on violence against women and is open to accession by any State in the world, whether they are a member of the Council of Europe or not.

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