The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced that at a meeting with the Estonian, Dutch, French, Finnish, Swedish and German ambassadors residing in Vilnius and the Spanish Chargé d’Affaires G. Landsbergis emphasized Lithuania’s foreign policy priority to expand the area of democracy, rule of law and human rights in the European Union. , both inside and outside.
According to the report, the meeting focused on the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. Opinions were also exchanged on the positions of various countries on the ratification and implementation of this Convention.
The Minister noted that violence against women and domestic violence cannot be tolerated, and that the Istanbul Convention, with its provisions, is an important international instrument for the protection of human rights.
The ministry’s report states that the convention is first and foremost about the elimination of violence, which must be at the forefront of all deliberations.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the convention not only establishes the relevant norms to be implemented by the parties to the convention, but also creates an obligation for states to cooperate in combating domestic violence.
The convention has been submitted to the Lithuanian Seimas for ratification by the former President Dalia Grybauskaitė, but the process has stalled due to political disagreement over some provisions of the document.
Council of Europe experts claim that Lithuania would have valuable advice in curbing domestic violence. The Catholic Church and some politicians argue that the convention may require Lithuania to change the concept of gender and introduce unacceptable provisions about homosexuality.
Lithuania signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in 2013.