Over 100 people protest against the Istanbul Convention at the Saeima building

  • 2023-11-09
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Over 100 people are protesting against the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in front of the Saeima building today.

The protesters are concerned about the impact of the possible interpretation of the term "gender" in the Convention on children's education.

The gathering is particularly vocal when MEPs go inside the Parliament building.

As reported, about 100 people gathered outside the parliament building on also on Wednesday to express their outrage at Latvia's intention to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

Following a picket against the Istanbul Convention organized by Glorija Grevcova's party Union of New Latvians, one person was charged with an administrative offence for concealing his identity and disobeying the lawful demands of a police officer.

The government on Tuesday supported a bill on ratification of the or the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence or Istanbul Convention by Latvia. The convention will be ratified with a reference to the Latvian Constitution's values, principles, and provisions regarding human rights, gender equality, marriage, family, rights of parents and children.

Saeima today has to decide on sending the bill to committees for revision.