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feminist NGOs keep up the pressure against the withdrawal of the Istanbul Convention

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                Since Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, feminist NGOs have organized daily demonstrations in the country.  While President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured Friday that his " <em>decision was made</em> », Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday March 27 on the Asian side of Istanbul for a return to the only international treaty obliging states to take measures against violence against women
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                                    <p><span><span><span><em><span><span>With our correspondent in Istanbul,</span></span></em><span><span><strong>Anne Andlauer</strong></span></span></span></span></span>

« Reverse your decision, apply the Convention ! Has been the rallying cry of women’s rights defenders marching across Turkey for the past week. Nazlican says he participated in three protests this week. The stakes, she says, are too high to give up.

« Before, we called for the application of the Istanbul Convention. Today it’s his existence that we defend, and our life through it, she says in red sweater and black pants, purple flag in hand. As an LGBT + woman, I feel even less safe in this country. Every time I demonstrate, I feel how threatened my presence in the public space is. »

The government justifies itself by claiming that the Convention signed in 2011 was “ hijacked by a group of people trying to normalize homosexuality “. NGOs fear that this withdrawal and this kind of talk will further encourage crimes against women and sexual minorities.

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Deniz, 20, is worried about his sister : « My sister obtained a removal order against her abusive companion. I’m afraid she will find herself defenseless, because we saw on Twitter that from the moment the withdrawal was announced, some interpreted the news as a license to do everything. »

Since the withdrawal of the Convention, at least nine women have been murdered in Turkey.

Read also : EU denounces Erdogan’s attitude on gender-based violence and the rule of law

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Source site www.rfi.fr

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