President Bronislaw Komorowski on Monday ratified the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence adopted in Istanbul in 2011.
The president, who signed the document at the Centre for Women's Rights in Warsaw, stressed "he was signing it being convinced that opinions voiced by home violence victims were the most important". The president added that as far as such issues were concerned one should be guided neither by political nor electoral calculations.
President Komorowski stressed that one should stand by the victims, the harmed and the weak and added he had found no reason "to question the constitutionality of the convention".
"I have found enough reasons to believe that the convention's influence on the Polish legislation is and will continue to be positive, and that it will strengthen the existing laws".
The president said he could not imagine a situation in which Poland had not ratified the document as this "would be an international embarrassment".
Poland signed the convention in December 2012. In April 2014, the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution on presenting the convention for ratification and endorsed a related bill. The Sejm (lower house) passed the bill in February and President Komorowski signed it on March 14. (PAP)