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Madi Sharma, EESC: Bulgaria’s dealing with Istanbul Convention is a shame for Europe

Madi Sharma, EESC: Bulgaria’s dealing with Istanbul Convention is a shame for Europe

15 May 2018 | 17:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria does not even come close to ratifying the Istanbul Convention, which is a shame for Europe, said Madi Sharma from the European Economic and Social Committee during the high-level conference on economic and social cohesion in the Western Balkans region, Focus News Agency reports. She stressed that all of Europe should be committed to the problem of domestic violence. “If we want to change the negative trend with equality in Europe, we must start with domestic violence because Europe needs its women,” Sharma said.
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BSP amendments on domestic violence passed on first reading in parliament

BSP amendments on domestic violence passed on first reading in parliament

4 April 2018 | 12:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. With 152 votes in favour, the Parliament approved on first reading the amendments on domestic violence proposed by Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), FOCUS News Agency reports. According to the amendments, the prosecutor’s office will take charge of the investigation and prosecution because of difficulties for the victim related to effective evidence collection and presentation, close relationship with the perpetrator, dependence or fear.
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Constitutional Court opens case to rule on Istanbul Convention

Constitutional Court opens case to rule on Istanbul Convention

20 March 2018 | 13:40 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Constitutional Court said it decided to open a case on the Istanbul Convention after a request from 75 MPs. The court will rule on whether the convention complies with the Bulgarian constitution.
The request came from ruling party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB) in February.
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence has not been ratified by the Parliament.
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Parliament rejects BSP’s proposal for referendum on Istanbul Convention with 121 votes

Parliament rejects BSP’s proposal for referendum on Istanbul Convention with 121 votes

7 March 2018 | 12:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Parliament rejected BSP’s proposal for a national referendum on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention with 121 to 67, and 23 abstentions, FOCUS News Agency reports. The proposed question was: “Are you against the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria to ratify the so-called Istanbul Convention from 11.05.2011?” The party proposed the referendum on January 25, backed by 74 MPs. The initially proposed question was: “Do you support the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence?”
During the debate, BSP leader Kornelia Ninova said that the issue would be closed for all time if the people says so in the referendum. This is what the government is trying to avoid, she said. She cited polls that 70% of Bulgarians do not accept the convention.
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Prime Minister Boyko Borissov:  We are elected by the people and we will comply with its expectations to withdraw the Council of Europe convention on combating violence against women

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov: We are elected by the people and we will comply with its expectations to withdraw the Council of Europe convention on combating violence against women

7 March 2018 | 11:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We are a government elected by the people and we will comply with its expectations for withdrawal of the Council of Europe convention on combating violence against women, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said at today’s government meeting, FOCUS News Agency reports. “The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – this is how it sounds and was approved by the government. But then there were harsh reactions from the coalition partner, the Orthodox Church and the Mufti’s Office, and great fears were instilled among the people. We are a government elected by the people and we have to comply with what it wants. After the Constitutional Court pronounces, we could calmly debate and weigh all the pros and cons in a relaxed political and social atmosphere. But with this act now, we believe that this issue on which we were unjustly blamed will be over,” the prime minister said.
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Tsvetan Tsvetanov, CEDB: The Istanbul Convention will not be accepted and ratified until it is supported by the Bulgarian public

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, CEDB: The Istanbul Convention will not be accepted and ratified until it is supported by the Bulgarian public

24 February 2018 | 11:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Istanbul Convention will not be accepted and ratified until it is supported by the Bulgarian society. This was stated by the Deputy Chair of CEDB Party Tsvetan Tsvetanov during the Ninth Winter Youth University of GERB held in Sandanski, a reporter of FOCUS Radio Pirin reported.
Tsvetanov added that it was adopted by all EU member states, ratified by 17-18 of them. "We introduced the convention because we thought this was something people wanted, but we made a mistake that we did not put it into a wider public discussion before," Tsvetanov said. He added that more than 80% of the convention mentions the introduction of measures against violence against women. "I have three daughters and I very much hope that none of them will ever be subjected to such a thing. I have met with women who have been victims and the sight is provoking, "Tsvetanov said. He added that the mental and physical condition of these women who had been victims was difficult to recover by taking years.
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Poll: 53% of Bulgarians heard about cases of domestic violence

Poll: 53% of Bulgarians heard about cases of domestic violence

23 February 2018 | 12:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In the last 12 months, 53% of adult Bulgarians heard at least once about cases of domestic violence, according to a survey by polling agency Afis about the public attitude towards a local ratification of the Istanbul Convention. The sources of information were most commonly friends (32%), followed by casual acquaintances, colleagues and relatives. Sofia has the largest share (60%) of people who heard about domestic violence. The share decreases along with the size of settlements to 48% in the villages. According to the survey, violence occurs more often within the following categories:
- Those by which a family member or personally worked or currently work abroad – 66% (or 13% above the average level). Logically, it implies a temporary interruption of personal relations.
- Those whose household is at the bottom of the income scale – 65%.
- Among unemployed – 63%. Also in homes where a family member lost job over the last year – 70%. (The share of those households is 24%).
- Those by which a working family member had a delay of salary – 73%. (This happened to 21% of households in the country).
- Those by which working time was reduced – 76%. (This happened to 8% of households).
The survey shows that 38% of Bulgarians are not familiar with the Istanbul Convention. The awareness is significantly lower in small settlements and among the less educated. Nearly half of people tend to agree that the convention, as it was submitted, should not be ratified. However, a group among the opponents to the convention is prone to compromise: 15% say that it can be ratified, but with Bulgarian interpretation of the texts.
The opinion strongly depends on people’s political orientation. The firm and unconditional rejection is most common among BSP (41%) and United Patriots (40%) supporters, compared to only 19% for GERB. The support for the convention among GERB supporters is inclined towards the medium option: ratification with interpretation (preferred by 29%).
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Kornelia Ninova, BSP: Boyko Borissov lied about withdrawing the Istanbul Convention

Kornelia Ninova, BSP: Boyko Borissov lied about withdrawing the Istanbul Convention

20 February 2018 | 15:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Boyko Borissov has lied that he is withdrawing the Istanbul Convention, the leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Kornelia Ninova, told a press conference after a leadership meeting of the party, FOCUS News Agency reports. Ninova wondered what consensus Borissov would be seeking, given the lack of consensus within the government coalition and within his own party. “We will believe his words if at a meeting of the Council of Ministers tomorrow the government decides to withdraw the Istanbul Convention it submitted to the Parliament,” she added.
Kornelia Ninova also said that President Rumen Radev represents an alternative to the government. She supported the manager of the national health fund who was asked to resign over a requested budget update.
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Kancho Stoychev, sociologist: Bulgarian society clearly shows that it is against the Istanbul Convention

Kancho Stoychev, sociologist: Bulgarian society clearly shows that it is against the Istanbul Convention

14 February 2018 | 15:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian society clearly shows that it is against the Istanbul Convention, sociologist Kancho Stoychev told FOCUS Radio this morning in regard to the latest surveys by his polling agency Gallup International, not related to Gallup Inc. “The registered nearly 60% of people who are against (the ratification of the convention) means a great majority, a sanctioning force of public opinion, and it shows that any politician or politicians who try to forcefully impose this convention in its current version will leave the political stage very quickly,” the sociologist said. According to Kancho Stoychev, Bulgarians are not against the entire document but against “three-four phrases imposed in an underhanded and unfair way in this document.” He forecast that the issue with the ratification will remain at a standstill, otherwise the convention may become a threat to the government.
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Poll: 58% of Bulgarians who heard about Istanbul Convention are against its ratification

Poll: 58% of Bulgarians who heard about Istanbul Convention are against its ratification

13 February 2018 | 15:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There is broad public disapproval towards the Istanbul Convention, while other topical issues such as the checks by institutions in different sectors find support, according to new surveys by local polling agency Gallup International, not related to Gallup Inc. As much as 86% of the respondents have heard about the Istanbul Convention. Of those, 58% are against its ratification by Bulgaria, while 19% support a potential ratification. The negative attitude prevails in all social groups, with some exception for the GERB supporters, a third of which accept the convention, while two-fifths reject it. Although the public may not be very familiar with the issue, it is important to check what image has been created, and the general image of the convention is obviously negative among Bulgarians, the agency said.
As for the topics from recent days, there is strong support for the checks concerning property, mayors and the railways, among others. 78% agree that it is never late to check someone’s wealth, while 20% think it is too late.
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GERB petitions Constitutional Court on Istanbul Convention

GERB petitions Constitutional Court on Istanbul Convention

8 February 2018 | 16:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Ruling GERB has petitioned the Constitutional Court to make a ruling on the compliance of the Istanbul Convention with the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, FOCUS News Agency reports.
The documents were submitted by MPs Danail Kirilov and Toma Bikov and the petition was signed by 75 MPs from the GERB Group. The party also provided the court with the file for the ratification of the document at the National Assembly, as well as 8 reports made over the last 4 years with an analysis of the possibility of applying the Istanbul Convention. Danail Kirilov, who chairs the parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee, said that all opinions received in the legislative procedure, both positive and negative, were also enclosed.
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Minister Biser Petkov: Bulgaria needs more centres for victims of violence, as noted in bill for Istanbul Convention ratification

Minister Biser Petkov: Bulgaria needs more centres for victims of violence, as noted in bill for Istanbul Convention ratification

2 February 2018 | 15:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria currently has 23 crisis centers for victims of violence, mainly in the large cities, including 18 for children and 5 for adults, Minister of Social Affairs Biser Petkov told reporters in the parliament in regard to BSP’s idea for establishing such centres in all regions of the country, FOCUS News Agency reports. Bulgaria needs more centres for victims of violence, and it was mentioned by the ministry during the preparation of the bill for ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the minister added. The ministry is working on a project with European funds for a national survey about violence that will help develop indicators. “We do not have enough indicators to tell what the scale of the problem is and what needs to be done to help the victims of violence adequately, quickly and permanently, through specialised services,” the minister explained. According to the Social Assistance Agency, the number of victims of domestic violence was 584 in 2017, including 183 women, while the rest were children. “One of the commitments stemming from the ratification of the Istanbul Convention is the creation of social services, not only for crisis accommodation like now, but also for specialised advisory support,” Minister Petkov said. He declined to comment on the legal amendments proposed by BSP.
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Kornelia Ninova, BSP: I never voted “for” the Istanbul Convention

Kornelia Ninova, BSP: I never voted “for” the Istanbul Convention

2 February 2018 | 13:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. I have never voted “for” the Istanbul Convention at any international forum, either of the Socialist International or the Party of European Socialists (PES), the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Kornelia Ninova, told journalists in response to media reports that none from the BSP group voted against the Istanbul Convention at a forum in Lisbon, FOCUS News Agency reports. “At the PES meeting in Lisbon, the entire Bulgarian delegation did not attend the voting,” she said, adding that the reason for their absence were bilateral meetings organised by the team of PES leader Sergei Stanishev.
Commenting on Stanishev’s visit to a local centre for victims of domestic violence and his support for the Istanbul Convention, Ninova denied any tension, saying they just have different standpoints. There is no disagreement with regard to domestic violence, she stressed. “We disagree on the texts that introduce a social gender and non-standard gender roles,” Kornelia Ninova said. BSP wants a referendum on the Istanbul Convention while proposing a series of legal amendments in relation to violence against women and children. Today the party proposed new amendments linked to the centres for victims of domestic violence, whereby each region in the country must have at least one centre.
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Zhelyo Boychev, BSP: Question for proposed referendum on Istanbul Convention was revised to stop speculations

Zhelyo Boychev, BSP: Question for proposed referendum on Istanbul Convention was revised to stop speculations

1 February 2018 | 09:54 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has reformulated its proposed question for a referendum on the Istanbul Convention to stop speculations for being insincere in its desire for the referendum, BSP MP Zhelyo Boychev told FOCUS Radio’s Good Morning, Bulgaria block. He said the government had failed in organising a public discussion about the ratification of the convention, which is a sensitive subject for society. “This referendum and the related campaign must answer the questions that have been hidden by the government,” Boychev said, adding that the hope for ratifying the convention quietly without public reaction or discontent failed. The full responsibility for the ongoing chaotic discussion that creates fears in Bulgarians lies with ruling party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB), he stressed. According to Zhelyo Boychev, GERB want the Constitutional Court to pronounce on the Istanbul Convention because they have no winning move and have committed to the ratification of the convention.
BSP now proposes the question: “Are you against the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria to ratify the so-called Istanbul Convention from 11.05.2011?”
Their original proposal was: “Do you support the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence?”
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Danail Kirilov, GERB: We will refer the Istanbul Convention to the Constitutional Court, its decision will provide legal guidance

Danail Kirilov, GERB: We will refer the Istanbul Convention to the Constitutional Court, its decision will provide legal guidance

31 January 2018 | 12:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “This morning, our parliamentary group decided to refer the Istanbul Convention to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Bulgaria with a request to assess its compliance with the Constitution,” MP from GERB and chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee Danail Kirilov said at a press briefing in Parliament, FOCUS News Agency reports.
“The Istanbul Convention has been signed but has not yet been ratified by the National Assembly. The court’s ruling will provide legal guidance for the public debate on the Convention and will be useful to Bulgarian society,” Kirilov explained. According to him, the Constitutional Court will also answer one of the crucial questions related to Art. 46 para. 1 of the Constitution, which regulates marriage as a voluntary union between a man and a woman. “We believe that the ruling of the Constitutional Court will be conducive to overcoming the negative attitudes and speculations that this topic has given rise to,” Kirilov said.
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BSP reaffirms push for referendum on Istanbul Convention, revises proposed question

BSP reaffirms push for referendum on Istanbul Convention, revises proposed question

31 January 2018 | 11:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There is no backdown on the proposed referendum on the Istanbul Convention, only a revision of the question, the leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Kornelia Ninova, told reporters in the Parliament, FOCUS News Agency reports. She explained that the party is about to propose a new question to ensure a valid result on the referendum. The new question is: “Are you against the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria to ratify the so-called Istanbul Convention from 11.05.2011?”
The initial question was: “Do you support the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence?”
“We are not giving up on the idea for a referendum, the signatures are there. We are only editing the question,” the BSP leader said. “We know what most Bulgarians think, social surveys show that most are against the Istanbul Convention,” she added.
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Minister Tsetska Tsacheva: Bill on Istanbul Convention ratification was not withdrawn

Minister Tsetska Tsacheva: Bill on Istanbul Convention ratification was not withdrawn

26 January 2018 | 15:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The bill for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention has not been withdrawn, Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva said after an informal meeting of the justice ministers of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, FOCUS News Agency reports. “It has become clear that those who have doubts need more time to read, to get acquainted with the documents. A conference will be held in Brussels on Monday, where we will again discuss the protection of victims of crime and the protection of women. One of every 3 women has been subject to abuse, according to statistics. We have unofficially commented on the ongoing debate within the Bulgarian society,” the justice minister told the press conference. She said that Bulgaria’s partners are aware of the local debate.
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Minister Krasimir Valchev: No changes to school curricula in relation to Istanbul Convention, nor “training in gender”

Minister Krasimir Valchev: No changes to school curricula in relation to Istanbul Convention, nor “training in gender”

26 January 2018 | 15:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There will be no changes to school curricula in relation to the Istanbul Convention, nor “training in gender”, Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev told reporters. “There is no need for changes, and the convention itself does not oblige us to do any,” the minister added, quoted by FOCUS News Agency. He reminded that when the convention was discussed by the government, he was in favour of its postponement until all concepts in the document are clarified.
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Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva: Referendum should be about “for” or “against” domestic violence, as this is the point of the Istanbul Convention

Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva: Referendum should be about “for” or “against” domestic violence, as this is the point of the Istanbul Convention

25 January 2018 | 13:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The referendum should be about “for” or “against” domestic violence because this is the subject of the Istanbul Convention, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told reporters in the Parliament regarding the proposed referendum on the convention, FOCUS News Agency reported. The minister spoke out in favour of a broad debate that would include the victims of violence. “It will be good to hear the viewpoint of those to whom the convention refers,” Ekaterina Zaharieva said. “The good thing is that everyone is declaring they are not supporters of domestic violence. I want to make it clear to the public that this is precisely what the convention is about,” she added.
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With 74 signatures, BSP requests referendum on Istanbul Convention

With 74 signatures, BSP requests referendum on Istanbul Convention

25 January 2018 | 12:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has submitted with 74 signatures a request for a referendum on the Istanbul Convention, BSP MP Zhelyo Boychev told reporters. According to the party, this referendum is even more necessary after the latest statement from Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB), FOCUS News Agency reports. Today GERB announced a postponement of the ratification procedure for the convention to allow for in-depth discussions. According to Boychev, the statement indicates that the issue is postponed but will be considered before the end of the Bulgarian EU presidency. “Given that the government and the majority failed to make a public discussion and clarification on this issue, we believe that a referendum and the prior public campaign and discussion will answer the many questions we are faced with by reading this Istanbul Convention,” he said.
The proposed question for the referendum is: “Do you support the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence?”
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GERB to organise public debate on Istanbul Convention

GERB to organise public debate on Istanbul Convention

25 January 2018 | 11:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We will do our best in the next weeks to have a debate with the academic community, NGOs, experts to clarify everything that is related to the objectives of the Istanbul Convention and the opportunities it provides, Chairman of the GERB Group and party’s Deputy Chairman Tsvetan Tsvetanov said at a press briefing in the National Assembly, FOCUS News Agency reports.
“We do not understand the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s behaviour, they have previously supported the adoption of the Istanbul Convention. The public has been misled about the Istanbul Convention. We need more knowledge and information about its goals. I don’t think anybody in Bulgaria would oppose protecting women and children from domestic violence,” he said.
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Parliament’s legal committee approves BSP’s proposal to remove Istanbul Convention from agenda

Parliament’s legal committee approves BSP’s proposal to remove Istanbul Convention from agenda

24 January 2018 | 15:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Parliament’s legal affairs committee approved the proposal by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) for cancelling the planned consideration of the Istanbul Convention, FOCUS News Agency reports. The removal of the point from the agenda was supported by 10 MPs, while 8 voted against it and one abstained.
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BSP wants referendum on Istanbul Convention

BSP wants referendum on Istanbul Convention

24 January 2018 | 13:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) will submit signatures tomorrow for a referendum on the Istanbul Convention, party leader Kornelia Ninova said at a briefing in the Parliament, quoted by FOCUS News Agency. The party proposes the question: “Are you for or against the ratification of the Istanbul Convention?” Kornelia Ninova said that the people could not pronounce on the issue if the government hurries and insists on the ratification.
Meanwhile, the party continues to propose legal amendments on domestic violence as a substitute to the ratification. “We continue proposing laws which fulfill the requirements of the Istanbul Convention as regards the violence against children. We believe this is the right way to really fight this violence. We are firmly against it and therefore we continue to propose these laws,” Ninova said, reminding that her party has already proposed amendments to the criminal code.
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Holy Synod calls on Parliament not to ratify Istanbul Convention

Holy Synod calls on Parliament not to ratify Istanbul Convention

22 January 2018 | 15:03 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church called on the National Assembly not to ratify the Istanbul Convention, saying it causes concern about the future of the European Christian civilisation, FOCUS News Agency reports. In its statement, the Synod said that the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, contains a new understanding of man as a master of oneself who follows one’s desires and passions to the extent of even determining one’s sex. According to the Synod, this understanding opens the doors to moral decay and spiritual death and is totally opposed to Christianity. The Synod states that the convention goes beyond the legal regulation on violence against women and domestic violence because it leads to a change in the worldview. It also states that the ideas of communication between sexes, of attitude towards religion, traditions, customs, education, etc. set forth in the convention contravene the basic beliefs of the Bulgarian people about faith, nationality, morality, honour, dignity, education and family.
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Kornelia Ninova: BSP proposes amendments to criminal code in line with Istanbul Convention’s provisions against domestic violence

Kornelia Ninova: BSP proposes amendments to criminal code in line with Istanbul Convention’s provisions against domestic violence

18 January 2018 | 15:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) is proposing amendments to the criminal code to transpose the provisions of the Istanbul Convention against domestic violence into Bulgarian law, party leader Kornelia Ninova said at a briefing, FOCUS News Agency reported. She stressed that the amendments reflect only that part of the convention related to domestic violence. The party proposes that domestic violence be regarded as crime instead of private offence as until now. This is the first of a series of legislative initiatives by the opposition party, Ninova said. Next week BSP will propose crisis centres in all regional cities. Ninova declared support for all measures against domestic violence.
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Manol Ruzhinov, Rhodope Hajduks organisation: Text of Istanbul Convention is no reason for concern

Manol Ruzhinov, Rhodope Hajduks organisation: Text of Istanbul Convention is no reason for concern

16 January 2018 | 14:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The dispute on the Istanbul Convention is an attempt to seek sensation, Manol Ruzhinov, leader of the Rhodope Hajduks organisation, told FOCUS Radio’s Good Morning Bulgaria show. He has seen interpretations out of the context of the document, with the intent for public provocation. As a patriotic organisation, Rhodope Hajduks is firmly against any recognition of “third gender” in Bulgaria. “We see how the tolerant European environment engages us in unpleasant and unusual situations. You see what is happening with the migrants, from a seemingly harmless situation it has become a very big problem,” he said. He also commented that excessive tolerance nowadays goes beyond normal.
According to Nadya Kozhuharova from Animus Association, the Istanbul Convention will help thousands of victims of domestic violence in Bulgaria. Its ratification would create a systematic approach, she said, with protection of the victims, prosecution of the perpetrators as well as prevention. She pointed out that in many regions of the country there has been no case of domestic violence for the last 1-2 years, which shows that the problem is not identified and the victims do not seek help because of fear or shame. Although it focuses on domestic violence, the convention describes all forms of violence against women and proposes measures for all of them.
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Philip Popov, BSP: The Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria is well ahead of the Istanbul Convention on the Protection of the Rights of the Women and Children

Philip Popov, BSP: The Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria is well ahead of the Istanbul Convention on the Protection of the Rights of the Women and Children

13 January 2018 | 11:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria is well ahead of the Istanbul Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Women and Children. This is what the Secretary of the BSP for Bulgaria Philip Popov said to journalists before the start of the BSP National Council, where the Istanbul Convention will be discussed, "FOCUS" News Agency reported.
"I think that the Constitution has this protection, and BSP has always defended the rights of women and children. We will now discuss the Istanbul Convention, "Popov said. He made it clear that when a Convention is ratified, it will take precedence over domestic law. "I think we should introduce such laws in Bulgaria that will ensure even better protection of the rights of women and children," Popov said. BSP MP Alexander Simov added that if the convention were to be ratified, some texts would have to change.
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