Turkey abandons historic treaty protecting women against violence

In a setback to nearly half the population, Turkey has pulled out of a historic treaty protecting women.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree in the early hours of Saturday announcing ratification of the Turkish Istanbul Convention, which aims to help women fight domestic violence, The Associated Press reported.

The Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pezincoviok Burić, called the move a “huge blow” and “all the more disgusting”, as it compromises women’s safety in Turkey in Europe and beyond.

Women’s rights advocates immediately call for nationwide protests. The AP said that the killing and killing of women in Turkey is increasing.

Erdogan’s pro-Islam administration officials have said the treaty threatens conservative values, claiming, among other things, that it promotes homosexuality.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Presidency via AP

Turkey was the first country to sign Europe’s “Convention” to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence in Istanbul in 2011 and became law in 2014.

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