Ireland is the 39th country to sign the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
"I welcome Ireland’s signing today as a step to ratification as soon as possible," said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.
The convention breaks new ground by criminalising violence against women in all its forms, from sexual violence and rape to stalking, sexual harassment and psychological abuse at the hands of intimate partners.
An independent expert group will monitor implementation of the convention by states that are legally bound by it. To date, 18 countries have ratified the convention.
Adapted from Council of Europe
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