Bulgarian President Rumen Radev says the Istanbul Convention should not be ratified

During his visit to Belgium, the Bulgarian President Rumen Radev shared his views on the Istanbul Convention controversy which has become the focal point of many arguments in Bulgaria.

According to him, the text should not be ratified, as the loose, vague language used in it allows for multiple interpretations of the document, the consequence of which may be dire for Bulgaria. Partially ratifying the document is also out of the question, since the convention prevents any editing or exclusion of the clauses around which most of the discussions revolve.

The President added that the defenders of the Istanbul Convention have hidden behind the Constitutional Court by demanding an interpretation of the document by it. He also said that the convention itself does not prevent violence. Many countries have ratified it and violence against women and children is still a problem there. The only way to ensure the protection of vulnerable groups is to establish laws by Bulgarian understanding and tradition.

The last concern of Radev concerns the implementation of the law. According to him, the Convention will take away power from the court and will give it to NGO’s who will the judge and executioner on all matters covered by the convention. This would more likely lead to Bulgaria getting sued in international courts than anything else.

(Picture taken from: euractiv.com)

Bozhidar Lazarov

Bozhidar Lazarov is a freelance writer, hobbyist programmer and an aspired novelist. Feel free to follow him on https://www.minds.com/seriousways for his latest articles and personal projects.

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