Constitutional Court: The Istanbul Convention is in Conflict with the Bulgarian Constitution

The Istanbul Convention is contrary to the Bulgarian Constitution. This was decided by 8:4 votes by the Constitutional Court.

The arguments include the fact that the document is in a vague language, the concepts are not well explained and, in the event of a ratification, they would prevail over those in the Bulgarian law.

The International Treaty was signed by Bulgaria in April 2016. It is in force in Turkey, Poland, and Albania. It is not yet ratified in Armenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Moldova, Slovakia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Russia and Azerbaijan have not signed the convention at all.

The background is that after the signing it, in the country appeared strong public opinion regarding the translation of the term "gender" as a social sex.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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