Thursday, 22 March 2018

Women Representatives Support Government’s Endorsement of Istanbul Convention

ZAGREB, March 22, 2018 - Women from various political options and of different worldviews on Thursday supported the government's decisions to send the Istanbul Convention to the Croatian parliament for ratification, stressing that the convention's main aim is the protection of women against violence and that gender ideology is not mentioned in it.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Catholic Church Against Istanbul Convention Ratification

ZAGREB, March 14, 2018 - Once the Istanbul Convention is "cleansed" of contentious stipulations implying gender ideology, the Church will support its ratification, however, regardless of the procedure, full support must be provided to domestic violence victims, the president of the Croatian Bishops' Conference (HBK), Zadar Archbishop Želimir Puljić, said in Sarajevo on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

HDZ MPs Gather to Discuss Istanbul Convention Ratification

ZAGREB, March 14, 2018 - Members of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) parliamentary group and government ministers from the HDZ, led by party president Andrej Plenković, met in Breznica, in Varaždin County, on Tuesday evening to discuss, as the central topic, plans to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Opposition Supports Prime Minister’s Position on Istanbul Convention

ZAGREB, March 13, 2018 - The chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) group in the Croatian Parliament Arsen Bauk on Tuesday commended Prime Minister Andrej Plenković for insisting on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, and added that the story of gender and gender identity ended ten years ago when Croatia joined the European Union.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

HDZ Still Split, But Istanbul Convention Ratification Continues

ZAGREB, March 13, 2018 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday evening that the process of ratification of the Istanbul Convention would continue, even though some members of the Presidency and National Council of his HDZ party have different views on the matter.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Plenković Denies He Will Run for European Commission President

ZAGREB, March 12, 2018 - Prime Minister and HDZ party leader Andrej Plenković on Monday dismissed media reports that he would run for President of the European Commission, saying that it was his job to be Croatia's prime minister, and noting that a majority in the HDZ leadership did not see gender ideology in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the so-called Istanbul convention.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Istanbul Convention Causes Mayhem in Parliament

ZAGREB, March 12, 2018 - A speech by independent rightwing MP Željko Glasnović on the subject of the Istanbul Convention ratification led to heated exchanges in Parliament on Monday, with a Social Democrat MP earning two reprimands from the chairman.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Plenković Tries to Convince HDZ Members to Support Istanbul Convention

ZAGREB, March 10, 2018 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Saturday called on the members of his HDZ party not to make conclusions on the Istanbul Convention only based on a debate in which it gained an ideological connotation, but to read it, saying its essence was to protect women from violence and that he expected a unanimous position on it on Monday, when the party would discuss it.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Prime Minister: Istanbul Convention Will Be Ratified

ZAGREB, March 9, 2018 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Friday that he understood the sensitivity of some social groups regarding the Istanbul convention which, he said, for him "is primarily a convention that should promote national mechanisms for protection against violence against women and domestic violence" and he believes that the parliament will ratify the document.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Thousands March for Women’s Rights in Zagreb

ZAGREB, March 9, 2018 - On the occasion of the International Women's Day, several thousand Croatians took to the streets of Zagreb on Thursday evening, demanding the ratification of The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul convention), the right to abortion and gender equality.

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