Istanbul Convention: Poland moves a step closer to quitting domestic violence treaty

Protesters taking part in a rally against Polish government plans to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on prevention and combatting of home violence, in Warsaw, Poland [AP]

Human rights groups raised the alarm on Wednesday after the Polish parliament moved a step closer to withdrawing the country from the Istanbul Convention.

The 2011 treaty, signed by 45 countries and the European Union, requires governments to adopt legislation prosecuting domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women.