Last week, the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament was shocked to learn of Turkey’s regrettable decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, particularly given the sharp increase in violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Convention, which is the first of its kind and a legally binding international instrument to combat violence against women and domestic violence, is now more important than ever.
Renew Europe Group condemns Turkey's shameful decision, and calls on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to listen to the voices of thousands of Turkish women who are currently demonstrating for their rights and protection.
Renew Europe President Dacian Cioloș, said "Renew Europe welcomes de-escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey has sent positive signals and Renew Europe hopes that they will continue on this path. However, it cannot be forgotten that Turkey, in wanting to join the EU, has committed to be a democratic state with a strong commitment to the rule of law. The announced withdrawal of Turkey's signature from the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is just one in a long series of unacceptable and shameful gestures that undermines the credibility of Turkey's democratic commitment. The Istanbul Convention is an achievement for all women in the world, and it is not conceivable to accept any setback. Turkish women can count on the support of Renew Europe.”
“If President Erdoğan wants to return to a fruitful partnership with the EU, he must understand that fundamental rights and values are a non-negotiable part of it."
Soraya Rodríguez MEP (Ciudadanos, Spain), Member of the European Parliament Committee on Gender Equality and Women's rights, added: "Turkey's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention is a clear sign of deterioration of human rights in the country and sends a dangerous message at the international level. This is especially worrying at a time when the EU must stand united to eradicate the violence against women that has increased significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic."