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Armenia has signed the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also called the Istanbul Convention.

The Convention was signed by Permanent Representative of Armenia to the Council of Europe Ambassador Paruyr Hovhannisyan in the presence of Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.

Armenia becomes the 45th member state of the Council of Europe to have signed the Convention. Out of the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, only Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation have not signed the Convention.

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence protects women against all forms of violence against them. It obliges states to prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence. The Convention also establishes a specific monitoring mechanism (“GREVIO”) in order to ensure effective implementation of its provisions by the states parties.

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