Turkey Has Withdrawn From Istanbul Convention
Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul in a statement said, “Combating violence against women is a human rights struggle for us. With this understanding, we continue with determination to protect the dignity of our people, family, and social fabric together with all our institutions,” The statement came with no explanation for the withdrawal.
Turkey signed the Council of Europe accord, which is commonly known as the Istanbul Convention on May 11, 2011. Istanbul convention is to protect women against domestic violence and any kind of violence against women.
The withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention has come when there has been an increase in cases of violence against women.
Women gathered in large numbers on Saturday, March 20, 2021, to protest against the decision.
The Council of Europe’s Secretary-General termed the decision as “devastating”