The Parliament adopted draft law No. 8329 on amendments to the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses in connection with the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). Member of Parliament Yaroslav Zhelezniak announced this on Telegram.
The convention requires establishing not only a legislative definition of sexual harassment but also legal liability for it: criminal, administrative, or other legal sanctions (at the discretion of the member state).
"The draft law proposes that sexual harassment that did not cause bodily harm and is not related to penetration into the body of another person be subject to administrative liability," says the explanatory note to the draft law.
In particular, to ensure the effectiveness of proceedings in cases related to domestic violence, gender-based violence, or failure to comply with a restraining order, the draft law provides for an increase in the period of possible administrative detention up to twenty-four hours in necessary cases to identify the person or establish the circumstances of the offense.