BRATISLAVA, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Slovak parliament has rejected the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
The decision was made on Friday by the parliament, which also asked the government to halt the process of ratification.
The resolution argues that suspicions arise when interpreting several provisions of the convention that it could violate the Constitution.
"It's in conflict with the constitutional definition of marriage, which is worded as a union between a man and a woman. One of the main shortcomings of the text is its definition of gender," stated the resolution.
The Istanbul Convention was opened for signature in May 2011 in Istanbul.