Abroad Today, 19:04, the Lithuanian Constitutional Court will decide on the compliance of the Istanbul Convention with the national constitution

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The Constitutional Court of Lithuania announced on Friday that it has accepted for consideration the request of the parliament, in which it is requested to decide on the compliance of the Istanbul Convention with the national constitution.

Seimas of Lithuania.  Illustrative image.
Seimas of Lithuania. Illustrative image. Photo: Shutterstock

The Constitutional Court of Lithuania announced on Friday that it has accepted for consideration the request of the parliament, in which it is requested to decide on the compliance of the Istanbul Convention with the national constitution.

The Constitutional Court is asked to clarify whether the norms of the Istanbul Convention on gender from a social aspect, on gender-based violence against women and the inclusion of teaching materials on non-stereotypical gender roles in the official education program, as well as other norms, are compatible with the Constitution.

“The claimant, the Seimas, claims that the opinion of the Constitutional Court on whether the provisions of the convention comply with the Constitution would be of fundamental importance to the Seimas when deciding whether to ratify the convention, which the president [Daļa Grībaiskaite] It was submitted to the Seimas in 2018,” the Constitutional Court stated.

The Constitutional Court is asked to find out whether the terms “social aspect of gender”, “social gender”, “non-stereotypical roles based on the social aspect of gender”, “non-stereotypical gender roles” used in the convention comply with the Constitution of Lithuania.

Speaker of the Seimas, Viktorija Chmilīte-Nilsen, who proposed filing the lawsuit, previously said that Lithuania signed the Istanbul Convention ten years ago, but since then has not been able to ratify it, although the arguments against it remain the same.

Council of Europe experts believe that Lithuania could benefit from recommendations on limiting domestic violence. However, the Catholic Church and some politicians argue that the convention may force Lithuania to change the concept of gender and introduce what they say is an unacceptable attitude towards homosexuality.

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