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Council of Europe: German legislation to end violence against women

08 July 2016

On 7 July, German parliament has passed the so-called No means No law. Consequently this law brings Germany in line with the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention to end violence against women.

«Rape cannot be limited to just physical assault," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland of the Istanbul Convention, which requires European governments to define rape as non-consensual acts of a sexual nature and criminalize it.

German ratification of the Istanbul Convention will be a major step to end violence against women and domestic violence in Germany, and should encourage more governments to ratify, he added.

The Istanbul Convention criminalises violence against women in all its forms. It seeks to prevent violent acts, protect and support victims and prosecute perpetrators.

Adapted from the Council of Europe

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