Strasbourg : The world’s most far-reaching treaty on combatting violence against women, from marital rape to female genital mutilation, comes into force on Friday in a dozen European states. An estimated 12 women are killed by gender-related violence in Europe every day, with domestic violence accounting for almost a third of all murders in the region, reports AFP. The 2011 Istanbul Convention had to be ratified by at least 10 Council of Europe member states to come into force — a milestone met in April with the addition of tiny Andorra. Nils Muiznieks, rights commissioner for the pan-European watchdog, said the text “could not come at a better time.””Violence against women remains one of the most widespread human rights violations” in Europe, he said in a statement.

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