Reuters JOACHIM HERRMANN
Germany considered that Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Treaty signed in 2011, which aims to protect women from domestic violence, sends the wrong signal to Europe and to Turkish women.
“Neither cultural, religious nor other norms can be an excuse to ignore violence against women,” said Maria Adebar, a spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry.
The Turkish Official Gazette had reported that Turkey had withdrawn from the “Istanbul Agreement” according to a decree issued by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The decree stated that “the Turkish Republic decided, for its part, to withdraw from the European Council agreement on stopping violence against women and domestic violence, and combating them, which occurred on May 11, 2011, and was ratified on February 10, 2012 by a decision of the Council of Ministers.”
Source: “Reuters” + “Anatolia”