Disinfo: Real purpose of Istanbul Convention is to abolish the family institution

Summary

The real purpose of the Istanbul Convention is not to prevent domestic violence at all. It means, in case of conflict, to get into the family, get involved in the family business. As a result, deepen it. So the goal is to eliminate the family institution.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the Istanbul Convention. This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the morally corrupt West and threatened traditional values.

The Istanbul Convention (the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence) is a treaty of the Council of Europe that opens the path for creating a legal framework at a pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence. So far, the Convention was ratified by 33 states.

The Armenian Ministry of Justice clarifies that the Convention does not threaten Armenia's traditional values. The Convention states that traditions, cultures and religion cannot justify violence against women. In addition, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe issued an opinion that "there are no provisions in that Convention that could be said to 'contradict' the Constitution of Armenia."

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  • Reported in: Issue188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Armenia
  • Keywords: Western values
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Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Syrian war and accusing the West of Russophobia with no evidence provided.

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Disproof

Despite increasing tensions at the Greek-Turkish border, the situation is far from taking NATO at the edge.

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Disproof

As a sovereign country independent since 1991, Belarus has every right to take part in military exercises with any country it wishes according to international law. The British and Belarusian armies have already cooperated for military exchanges in previous years. The event is held on a bilateral basis in the framework of cooperation in the training of peacekeeping personnel, aiming at Belarus' participation in the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. According to Belarusian Defence Minister, Oleg Belokonev, the country wants to remain close to Russia but with a military training connection to NATO, as is the case of Serbia.

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