THE CONVENTION IS “OF ISTANBUL” BUT TURKEY ABANDONES
It was 2018 when little Amine’s face aroused general indignation.
The news reported that the anguish of her expression, which has impressed me personally, was generated when she was told that if she died a martyr she would have the honors of the flag.
Now, net of all the geopolitics, reasons and counter-maneuvers, the fact remains that this photo was a bit of a sort of prelude to many subsequent things.
The latest in chronological order is the signature on the presidential decree which sanctions the exit of the Convention which bears the name of the Turkish capital.
The Council of Europe adopted the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence on 11 May 2011.
The Istanbul Convention is widely recognized as the most ambitious legal instrument aimed at preventing and combating violence against women, domestic violence and gender-based violence, such as human rights violations.
It entered into force in 2014 – just three years after its adoption, reflecting the need for member states to have a legally binding treaty to guide them in their efforts to end the violence.
UNWOMEN of which I have already spoken about Emma Watson, strongly called for the withdrawal to be reconsidered with this statement.
Zehra Zumrut Selçuk, head of the ministry of family, labor and social services in Turkey, reassured by replying that women’s rights are guaranteed in national legislation, in particular in the Turkish Constitution, and in a tweet communicated the intention to continue with zero tolerance because violence against women is a crime against humanity.
What I don’t understand is: why then disavow a treaty that goes in the exact same direction?
Or rather, I understand it, in the context of internal strategies that are based on political maneuvers. Like everything else, after all.
But in the end: for Turkey, Europe yes or Europe no? This is the dilemma …