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Strasbourg, 30.04.2002 - The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers
today adopted innovative measures to combat violence against women, urging
its 44 member states to tighten laws and to act to change attitudes.

The Committee of Ministers' first-ever text on the topic, the recommendation
covers every potential area of gender-based violence, covering domestic
violence, rape and sexual abuse, genital mutilation, human rights abuses by
the state, violence during wartime and honour killings. It also looks at
ways in which these crimes should be dealt with by the courts.

Proposals include measures that would allow victims of domestic violence to
stay in their homes, making the violent partner leave, and thus shifting the
current trend for victimised women to have to go into women's shelters.
There is also a strong emphasis on assistance and protection for victims,
through police and court action.

The full text of the recommendation will be available at :
http://www.coe.int/

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Conseil de l'Europe : agir pour stopper la violence contre les femmes

Strasbourg, 30.04.2002 - Le Comité des Ministres du Conseil de l'Europe a
adopté aujourd'hui des mesures innovantes pour combattre la violence contre
les femmes, engageant vivement ses 44 Etats membres à renforcer leur
législation et à oeuvrer à modifier les comportements.

Premier texte du Comité des Ministres sur ce sujet, la recommandation couvre
toutes les formes de violences fondées sur l'appartenance sexuelle, que ce
soit la violence perpétrée au sein du foyer, le viol et l'abus sexuel, la
mutilation d'organes génitaux, la violation des droits fondamentaux de la
personne par l'Etat, la violence en temps de guerre et les crimes commis au
nom de l'honneur. Elle examine également la manière dont les tribunaux
doivent traiter ces crimes.

Parmi les propositions figurent des mesures permettant aux victimes de
violence domestique de rester dans leur domicile, obligeant le partenaire
auteur de violence à le quitter. Ceci inverse la tendance actuelle des
femmes victimes de violences à se réfugier dans des foyers d'accueil. Le
texte insiste également sur l'assistance aux victimes et leur protection par
la police et la justice.

Le texte complet de la recommandation sera disponible sur le site
http://www.coe.int


Henriette Girard
Council of Europe Spokesperson and Press Division
Tel: +33 3 88 41 21 31
Fax:+33 3 88 41 39 11
E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]



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