Standpoint of the Time of Women on the so-called Istanbul Convention

The Time of Women, (Éra žen, z.s.) totally rejects the Istanbul Convention, which claims to be a convention "on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence".

The Time of Women is of course against both violence against women (and against men) and domestic violence (the victims of which are not only women but also 20% men, especially from psychological abuse by women ); domestic violence also affects senior citizens and children. Nevertheless, the Time of Women is convinced that there is an adequate number of legal institutions in both the Czech and European legal systems, working to prevent violence against women and domestic violence. In the Czech Republic, this is the Criminal Code and across Europe, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, working against abuse and violence, based on:

Article 6 - the right to a fair trial, which of course also affects the victims of crime;

Article 8 - the right to respect for private and family life, dwelling and correspondence

Article 12 - the right to marry

always in conjunction with Article 13 - the right to effective remedies and Article 14, which provides for the prohibition of discrimination.

We also draw attention to Article 5 of the Supplementary Protocol to the Convention, which provides that Spouses shall enjoy equality of rights and responsibilities of a private law character between them, and in their relations with their children, as to marriage, during marriage and in the event of its dissolution.

We also note Article 1 of Supplementary Protocol No. 12, according to which

1. The enjoyment of any right set forth by law shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.

2. No one shall be discriminated against by any public authority …

The Time of Women notes that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg was founded in 1959 for the very purpose of protecting these rights, and over the nearly 60 years of its existence has accumulated tens of thousands of judgements defining the content of individual rights as well as the protection thereof.

The Time of Women considers the adoption of the so-called "Istanbul Convention” to be a non-systemic interference in the established consistent case law of this European Court, and even in some cases a denial of established case law - this concerns, in particular, the alleged priority for women and their rights maintained by the Istanbul Convention, against the rights of other social groups falling under the jurisdiction of the ECHR.

The Time of Women is of the opinion that, in fact, the adoption of the convention will not increase protection for women, but instead give rise to an instrument of power established in a non-democratic way that without any feedback will make decisions on the possible limitation of the rights of those whom it decides to pursue or penalise. This then is a completely anti-systemic solution, an interventional instrument of power that does not contain within itself or through any other means any feedback mechanism or protection against the possible abuse of this power.

The members of Time of Women are convinced that the GREVIO institution to be created under this treaty is in fact a transnational and totally unregulated and unregulatable body that will have the same power at the European level as the Norwegian Barnevernet. On the contrary, it will women who will be intimidated into not resisting the power of the state and especially the ideological pressure of GREVIO/EuroBarnevernet, all under the threat of that which is most dear to them, namely their children.  We must make it clear that not even Hitler's Nazi Germany and his “Lebensborn” programme came up with such a monstrous idea as this. From the Istanbul Convention it is clear to us that the real reason why some political forces are trying to have it adopted is to assume power over the children of European mothers, while rendering those who seize children across Europe absolutely untouchable under the law. We are convinced that the first to be affected would be those mothers seeking to protect their children, and their daughters in particular, against the Muslim totality being artificially installed in Europe.

We regard Art. 60 of the Istanbul Convention as highly dangerous, under which any woman in effect has the right to asylum simply by virtue of being a woman. In fact, any woman can be subject to “gender-conditioned assessment”, which is exactly what would create the right to refugee status. We are afraid that under this pretext, tens of thousands of women will “flee” to Europe, and it will be these women who will be the advanced guard for the Islamisation of Europe. Having been misused in this way, they will demand a "reunion of families" with the very men from whose violence they supposedly fled to Europe. We are very sorry for women suffering from gender apartheid, especially under the flag of Islam, but we must protest against their suffering being resolved through the Islamisation of Europe.

We consider it particularly absurd that the Istanbul Convention is turning to such treatment of women at the time when the United Kingdom has refused to grant asylum to a Pakistani Christian woman who is said to have "insulted Islam" by drinking from the same well as Muslim women and who was for this initially sentenced to death. This case reveals clearly the contradiction between words and deeds and confirms the legitimacy of our belief that the Istanbul Convention is merely a Trojan Horse for Islam in Europe.

For this reason, we entirely reject the Istanbul Convention as going against the fundamental human rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and we ask deputies, senators, the government and the President of the Czech Republic to reject this convention, which is in direct conflict with women’s true interests.