The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, yesterday signed a presidential decree that stipulates the withdrawal of his country from the Istanbul Convention on the Rights of Women, although several members of the Government have ratified in the last hours the commitment of the authorities with the protection of women in the country. “The ‘Council of Europe Convention on violence against women and the prevention and fight against domestic violence’ has been canceled by the Republic of Turkey,” reads the decree published in the Turkish Gazette, its equivalent to the Official Gazette of the Condition.
This convention comprised more than 40 countries and it was signed by Erdogan himself in 2011, when he served as prime minister.
Previously, the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services, Zehra Zumrut Selcuk, had assured on Twitter that women’s rights are guaranteed in national legislation, especially in the Constitution. “Violence against women, above all, is a crime against humanity and fighting this is a matter of human rights. What really matters are the principles. In this direction, we will continue to fight decisively against violence under the principle of ‘zero tolerance’ today and tomorrow, as we did yesterday, “according to his message.
For the NGO Stop Femicide, The decision endangers the lives of millions of women in the country, while its secretary general, Fidan Ataselim, has warned of protests against the withdrawal. “You cannot lock millions of women in their homes, or erase millions of women from the streets,” she declared in a video also posted on Twitter.
According to the organization, at least 300 women were killed last year alone in Turkey, whose society has been shaken in recent days by the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman and a posted video of a man sexually abusing women. his ex-wife.
For his part, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic, he called Turkey’s withdrawal “devastating”. The Turkish opposition blamed the decision on a conciliatory gesture by Erdogan towards ultra-conservative groups.
Pejcinovic deeply regretted Turkey’s withdrawal from a convention that Erdogan himself signed in 2011 and is “widely regarded as the standard in international efforts to protect women and girls from the violence they face every day in our societies.” “This measure is a major setback for these efforts and even more regrettable because it compromises the protection of women in Turkey, throughout Europe and beyond,” he said.
Following the publication of the decree in the Official Gazette of Turkey, the vice president of the country, Fuat OkayShe assured that Turkey does not need to “imitate others” to protect women’s rights and that “the solution lies in our own customs and traditions.” ,
The country’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) repudiated Erdogan’s decision. “42 million women cannot be deprived of their rights in a decree overnight,” lamented their leader.
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