European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has called on the Turkish authorities to abandon their decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women. A message about this appeared on the website of the EU External Relations Service.
According to him, Istanbul’s actions caused misunderstanding in Brussels, as the convention was “a fundamental element of human rights, peace, security and equality in the 21st century” and was intended to protect the inviolability of women from outside encroachments.
The diplomat also expressed hope that Turkey will reconsider its decision in the future and evaluate the actions of the world community to combat domestic violence.
Turkey withdrew its signature under the relevant document on March 20, while the country’s leadership promised to fight for women’s rights in accordance with “their traditional values.”
The Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence was adopted in 2011. The document defines psychological, physical, and sexual violence, forced abortion, marriage, and sterilization as criminal offenses. It was signed by 47 states, but only 33 ratified.