President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Aug. 13 signaled the government's intention to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, saying that Turkey needs to draft such treaties on its own, rather than using “translated texts.”Uniting women against withdrawing from Istanbul Convention 'may be one of Erdoğan's worst mistakes'
“Anunderstanding, a regulation or an ideology which places a dynamite onthe foundation of the family is not legitimate,” Erdoğan said in aspeech in the capital Ankara, in remarks clearly targeting theIstanbul Convention.
AlthoughTurkey was the first country to ratify the Istanbul Convention in2012, Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)government is now considering exiting it.
Manyconservatives in Turkey say the pact, ironically forged in Istanbul,encourages violence by undermining family structures and are lobbyingthe AKP to pull out of the pact. Their opponents argue that the deal,and legislation approved in its wake, need to be implemented morestringently.
“I am of the opinion that we are highly capable to draft texts which honor human dignity, put the family at the center and which are appropriate for our social fabric. Instead of translated texts, we need to determine our frame on our own. Instead of saying Coopenhagen criteria, we would say Ankara criteria and proceed on our way,” Erdoğan said.Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention would have disastrous consequences, says Amnesty
The "Copenhagen criteria" refer to a set of criteria established by the European Council in 1993 for countries seeking accession in the EU.
Erdoğan slams Islamist columnist Dilipak over article on Istanbul Convention
During his speech, Erdoğan also slammed pro-government Islamist columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak over his column titled “AKP's daisies,” without explicitly mentioning Dilipak's name. Dilipak, who writes for Yeni Akit newspaper, insulted AKP women who threw their support behind the Istanbul Convention and referred to supports of the convention as “prostitutes” in his column published in July.
Erdoğansaid that the AKP will never stay silent in the face of such an“irreverence” targeting the party's women. “On behalf of all mywomen branches and all women, I condemn such columnists who describeAKP's women as 'AKP's daisies' ... and who use a swearing word whichI refrain from saying,” Erdoğan said.
Earlier this week, the AKP's women branch headquarters and local branches in Turkey's 81 provinces filed lawsuits against Dilipak over his column. The AKP women said that they “will never stay silent against dirty- and narrow-minded journalists and social media influences, who are supposedly seeming to be a part of the same political movement with us.”AKP's women branches file criminal complaints against Islamist columnist over article on Istanbul Convention