Croatia ratifies European treaty despite conservative protests

Source: Reuters

ZAGREB (Reuters) – The Croatian parliament ratified on Friday a European treaty that has provoked mass protests by social conservatives who believe it undermines family values in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Croats protest against the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Zagreb, March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic/File Photo/File Photo

Opponents of the Istanbul Convention say they support its aim of combating domestic violence but reject its definition of gender, which they believe paves the way for introducing transsexual or transgender as separate categories.

In the vote, 110 deputies in the 151-member parliament supported the treaty, drawn up by the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe which promotes human rights and democracy.

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