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Is Turkey`s Withdrawing from Istanbul Convention?

Is Turkey`s Withdrawing from Istanbul Convention?
18 August 2020 | Virtual Discussion 

Set Them Free discussed Turkey`s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention on August 18, 2020 with Journalists Sevinc Ozarslan, STF Board Members Lawyer Vera Guzelsoy and Psychologist Hatice Kubra Donmez Sarihan. 

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, is a landmark human rights treaty focused on four pillars of prevention, protection, prosecution and co-ordinated policies to protect women and girls from all forms of domestic violence. 

Lately, Turkish authorities have been discussing withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention with groundless claims arguing that the articles of the treaty are against the traditional Turkish family norms. Lawyer Vera Guzelsoy talked about the importance of the domestic implementation of the Istanbul Convention to protect women and girls from domestic violence. Journalist Sevinc Ozarslan put an importance emphasis on the record number of femicide in Turkey and underlined that full implementation of the Convention is necessary to combat all sorts of gender-based violence against women. 

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