Women raising purple flags during Women's march in Istanbul, 2018. © Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Turkey: Targeting of LGBTI people to justify quitting convention on combating violence against women is dangerous

Responding to a statement by the Turkish government justifying their proposal to pull out of a convention to combat and prevent domestic violence against women by claiming it is being used to ‘normalise homosexuality’ which is ‘incompatible with Turkey’s social and family values’, Amnesty International’s Senior Europe Adviser, Esther Major, said:

“The spurious and dangerous rationale put forward by the Turkish authorities for withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention by attempting to connect this appalling decision with LGBTI community adds insult to injury.

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

Esther Major, Amnesty International

“Rather than attacking LGBTI people and withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention, the government should instead re-double efforts to ensure LGBTI people, women and children are protected from violence and abuse. This treaty is more important now than ever with COVID-19 measures, such as lockdowns, leading to a spike in reports of violence against women and girls.

The proposal to pull out of a convention to combat and prevent domestic violence against women by claiming it is being used to ‘normalise homosexuality’ which is ‘incompatible with Turkey’s social and family values’ is dangerous

Amnesty International

 “We call on Turkish authorities to immediately reverse its retrogressive decision to withdraw from the Convention, and to take action to protect and promote the rights of LGBTI people, women and girls. We further urge the authorities to ensure that the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression of all those protesting – including LGBTI people and women – are fully respected and protected.”