‘The world is watching’, rights groups warn Turkey as women mobilize


Amnesty International launches “100 days of action” alongside women in Turkey and around the world, to protest the planned decision by the Turkish government to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention.

The Istanbul Convention sets the minimum standards on prevention of violence, protection and support for women and girls at risk, and the criminal prosecution of perpetrators.

On Monday, the Turkish government attempted to justify their proposal to pull out of a convention to by claiming it is being used to ‘normalise homosexuality’ which is ‘incompatible with Turkey’s social and family values’.

Large protests are expected across Turkey this weekend as Amnesty International warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that “the world is watching”.

Amnesty International’s Europe Director, Nils Muižnieks said: “This weekend and for the weeks and months ahead, women communities across Turkey and around the world will be taking action to reverse this grave threat to their safety and to demand their human rights”.

“We will be there to demand Turkish authorities reverse their dangerous decision to withdraw from a treaty designed to end violence against women. Withdrawal violates the rights of millions of women and girls in the country and flies in the face of any purported commitment by the government to protect survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.”

“The Istanbul Convention is more important now than ever with COVID-19 measures, such as lockdown, leading to a spike in reports of violence against women and girls.”

“As the Times Up and MeToo movements made plain, women face similar human rights abuses all around the world. That is why international solidarity is so important and that is why Amnesty movements in more than 80 countries are adding their voice to a call that is growing louder each day. The world is watching.” (Source: Amnesty Intl.)