Azerbaijan develops ideal bill on domestic violence; Chairman of Parliamentary Committee
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.8. / Trend A.Huseynbala /
The "Domestic Violence" Bill, which is under development, is faultless, the Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliamentary Committee said.
"When the bill on "The Prevention of Domestic Violence" was discussed for the first time, I was against it," the Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Rabiyat Aslanova, said in an interview with the ruling New Azerbaijan Party's official website.
According to statistics, every year about 4 million of women are subject to violence, 170, 000 of which are pregnant. Laws are being adopted to prevent such incidents in society and are aimed at eliminating domestic violence - governmental bodies and NGOs are constantly engaged in this problem.
Similar laws have already applied in the CIS for several years. For example, in Ukraine, Moldova and neighboring Georgia cases of domestic violence decreased by 20-30 percent after such laws were adopted.
Foreign countries' experience also provides grounds to say this. For example, this law was passed in Switzerland in 1998, Germany passed it in 1996, Finland in 1996 and the United States in 1994.
In Azerbaijan, such violence only covers some Azerbaijani Criminal Code articles. These articles only outline one type of violence - physical. Other forms of violence remain free from legal regulation and responsibility. For this reason, the "Prevention of Domestic Violence" has been developed.
According to Aslanova, the major protests against the previous bill were not connected with the philosophy of the law, but with some stipulations that do not meet the reality. "I did not believe that all of the scheme will be carried out in real life. I cannot vote for something that I do not believe." Our main desire is that the adopted law must be applied," Aslanova added.
Aslanova thinks that over time the bill has been totally completed. "The current bill is completely different from the previous one and is a faultless legal document. However, this does not mean that work on this document will cease. Of course, requirements will change after some time and this law will be amended accordingly," Aslanova added.
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