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The prime minister repeated that he refuses to allow the emergence of "compact Muslim communities in Slovakia" as he announced Slovakia will not ratify the Istanbul Convention as a whole.

 

Prime Minister Robert Fico Slovakia

Fico’s statement came on the heels of protests against the Convention organised by people from conservative Christian circles. One such protest was staged in the northern-Slovak town of Tvrdosin on February 10.

Instead of ratifying the Istanbul Convention as a whole, Fico proposes to introduce national laws that would increase the protection of women from domestic violence.

“Any violence against women is unacceptable and has no place in our society,” Fico said as quoted by the Sme daily, and added that the protection of women’s rights is particularly important at a time when migrants make up more and more of the European population and bring with them “cultural and social patterns from their countries of origin”, including the perception of a woman as a submissive human being.

“I am against the emergence of compact Muslim communities in Slovakia on principle,” Fico said as quoted by Sme. “So that these communities are not able to preserve the habits that Europe and its Christian historical roots refute as wrong and unjust.”

Christian Churches in Slovakia issued a joint statement earlier on February 22 speaking against the Istanbul Convention and calling on the government to withdraw its signature from the document. The religious representatives, just like Fico, labelled the Convention “controversial”.  Read More