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Interpol hunting eight fugitives on the run for violent crimes against women

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By Luke Hurst
Fugitives wanted by Interpol for violent crimes against women
Fugitives wanted by Interpol for violent crimes against women   -   Copyright  Interpol   -  

Interpol is appealing for help in tracking down eight men wanted for crimes against women, on the UN’s end violence against women day.

The international police agency published the names and pictures of the men, who are wanted for crimes including murder and sexual assault.

Described by the UN as “the most widespread, and devastating human rights violations in the world”, one-in-three women worldwide experience violent or sexual abuse.

The European Parliament is set to debate the issue in Strasbourg later today.

The Council of Europe has highlighted the success of the Istanbul Convention, which came into force five years ago, and has since been signed by all EU member states.

The convention is a human rights treaty combatting violence against women and domestic violence. A Council of Europe statement urges further action however, saying: “There is a long way to go, and it is crucial that the Istanbul Convention is not only ratified but also fully implemented.”

Meanwhile the French government has announced a raft of measures to tackle domestic violence, after thousands took to the streets of the nation’s cities to protest this weekend.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced around 40 measures, to be funded by €360 million in one year.

He said this would include "better defining in our law what is covered by the term violence" by creating a "new aggravating circumstance for perpetrators of violence in the case of harassment leading to suicide", or by enshrining in law the notion of psychological "influence", which "often prepares for physical violence",

Follow our coverage as the day unfolds, and take a look at our reporting on the issue in the run up to today:

Protesters in France condemn violence against women

Domestic abuse survivor on why walking away is not easy

A quest for justice: Hungary's victims of domestic violence

Finland's gender-neutral policies 'conceal female victims of violence'