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Irish government must ratify Lanzarote Convention as a matter of urgency - Lynn Boylan MEP

18 November, 2015 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Lynn Boylan MEP has today called on the Irish government to ratify the Lanzarote Convention.

The Lanzarote Convention requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. It sets out that states in Europe and beyond shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators.

Speaking earlier today, Sinn Féin's Dublin MEP said: 

"I welcome the fact that Ireland has signed the Lanzarote Convention but I now urge that ​the government ratify the Convention as a matter of urgency. All 47 Council of Europe member states have signed the Convention but only 38 states have so far ratified it. 

"I was very disappointed to discover that Ireland is one of the nine states that have not ratified the Convention and it should now do so as soon a possible. We have been here before with the long drawn out saga of the Istanbul Convention - a​n important framework to prevent and combat violence against women and girls - which was only recently signed after a long delay and will not be ratified ​for some time.

​"​The ratification of the Lanzarote Convention is urgent. The government must act now."  

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