Council of Europe Convention on the prevention and the struggle against violence towards women and domestic violence
Istanbul Convention, concluded in Istanbul on 11th May 2011 / ratified by Turkey on 14th March 2012
The International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women LE DROIT HUMAIN strongly deplores Turkey’s denunciation of this Convention which, according to its preamble, condemns “all forms of violence against women and domestic violence, recognising that the achievement of “de jure and de facto” equality between women and men is a key element in preventing violence against women”.
LE DROIT HUMAIN has been affirming the equality of men and women since its creation nearly 130 years ago. It can only strongly condemn the Turkish withdrawal from the Convention and considers it as a regression in the order of civilisation.
With this Convention, Turkish women could expect recognition of their rights and greater protection against all forms of violence. The Turkish political regime has decided otherwise, grossly violating the most basic human rights and by denying its own commitments, showing its contempt for international law.
The members of LE DROIT HUMAIN assure their Turkish Sisters of their admiration, support and solidarity. They know that they will not give up and will continue with determination their difficult progress towards equality, justice and security.
International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women
LE DROIT HUMAIN