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Turkey formally abandons agreement on violence against women

The gesture appeared to be a new provocation from Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his European allies. Turkey officially withdraws, Thursday 1There is July, International Conference on Violence Against Women Implementing a decision announced in March by the Turkish president It attracted criticism from many Turkish citizens and Western allies in Ankara.

Thousands of protesters are set to take to the streets of the country again on Thursday as the Court of Appeal this week dismissed an appeal to stop Turkey from withdrawing from the Istanbul conference. Regulation of standards in some 30 countries to prevent gender-based violence signed in the Turkish capital in 2011.

“We will continue our struggle.”Conan Kulu, president of the Federation of Turkish Women’s Associations, said on Wednesday. “Turkey is shooting itself in the leg with this decision.” Since March, women and other vulnerable groups have been more reluctant to seek help and less willing to seek it, while the economic hardships associated with the corona virus health crisis have exacerbated domestic violence.

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Sense of impunity

Women’s rights groups have already accused the government of not firmly enforcing existing laws, which they say promotes a sense of impunity. In Turkey, at least 300 women were beaten to death by their spouses last year, according to the rights group V Will Stop Famisite.

The Istanbul Conference, which was negotiated and ratified in 2011 in the Turkish city, makes its signatures to prevent domestic violence and other abuses such as marital rape and female genital mutilation, to initiate legal action where appropriate and to promote equality. However, many conservatives in Turkey and in the ranks of President Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) believe the conference will harm family structures that protect the community.

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Some also see it as an incentive for homosexuality because of the anti-discrimination policies linked to the sexual orientation included in the text. “Our country’s withdrawal from the conference will not create a legal or practical gap in preventing violence against women.”Erdogan’s services were reported in a statement sent to the executive court on Tuesday.

World with Reuters