Istanbul Convention

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  Signed and ratified
  Only signed[note 1]
  Not signed (CoE member states)[note 2]
  Not signed (non-CoE states)

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is a human rights treaty of the Council of Europe against violence against women and domestic violence which was opened for signature on 11 May 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey.[1]

As of March 2019, it has been signed by 45 countries and the European Union.[2] On 12 March 2012, Turkey became the first country to ratify the convention, followed by 33 other countries from 2013 to 2019. The Convention came into force on 1 August 2014.

On 20 March 2021, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Turkey's withdrawal from the treaty with a presidential decree.[3]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1. The European Union is also a signatory.
  2. Includes non-CoE states that were involved in elaborating the Convention; none of them (Canada, the Holy See (Vatican City), Japan, Mexico and the United States) has so far signed the Convention.

References[change | change source]

  1. Council of Europe (2011). "Explanatory Report to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence". Council of Europe. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  2. "Full list: Chart of signatures and ratifications of Treaty 210". Council of Europe. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  3. "Erdoğan insists it's at his discretion to pull Turkey out of İstanbul Convention". Bianet - Bagimsiz Iletisim Agi. Retrieved 2021-03-27.