Turkey: Protesters take to Istanbul streets against Istanbul Convention withdrawal plan

Activists met at Abbasaga Park in the Besiktas district of Istanbul on Sunday to protest against the Turkish Government's reported threat to withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention and for women rights. The protesters held banners and signs as they marched through the streets, applauding with the customers who were dining outside and chanting slogans. «We will walk and protest and will have to make these decisions together. If the government knows what to do with the situation, there are so many murders, why they don't do anything,» asked activist Ruya Kurtulus before they took to the streets. Police officers were seen watching the protest before reportedly banning it, as activists marched to another square to demonstrate to protect the Istanbul Convention and discuss how they could take action in the city. «If the convention of Istanbul would be right implemented, women would not be killed. They wouldn't die. Withdrawing this contract is our red line,» activist Tulay Korkutan stated. The Istanbul Convention, which prevents and combats violence against women, including domestic violence, is a human rights treaty of the Council of Europe. It has been in effect since 2014. The agreement is the first supranational paper that protects women from domestic violence.

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