Ground-Breaking Domestic Violence Treaty

“The convention is the first legally binding instrument in the region that creates a comprehensive legal framework to combat violence against women through prevention, protection, prosecution, and victim support” Human Rights Watch said.

Source: Human Rights Watch

European foreign affairs ministers gather today (11 May) in Istanbul to sign a ground-breaking new Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The treaty, open to all 47 countries of the Council of Europe and also to non-member states, should improve domestic legislation by imposing civil and criminal measures to fight violence against women across Europe, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced on 10 May. Continue reading


Turkey: Women Left Unprotected From Violence

Gaps in law and police response put urgently needed help out of reach

With strong laws in place, it is inexcusable that Turkish authorities are depriving family violence victims of basic protections, Turkey has gone through exemplary reform on women’s human rights, but police, prosecutors, judges, and social workers need to make the system exemplary in practice, not just on paper.

Turkey’s flawed family violence protection system leaves women and girls across the country unprotected against domestic abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Life-saving protections, including court-issued protection orders and emergency shelters, are not available for many abuse victims because of gaps in the law and enforcement failures.

The 58-page report, “‘He Loves You, He Beats You’: Family Violence in Turkey and Access to Protection,” documents brutal and long-lasting violence against women and girls by husbands, partners, and family members and the survivors’ struggle to seek protection. Turkey has strong protection laws, setting out requirements for shelters for abused women and protection orders. However, gaps in the law and implementation failures by police, prosecutors, judges, and other officials make the protection system unpredictable at best, and at times downright dangerous.

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Turkey falls short in defending human rights, report says

Turkey’s record on protecting human rights was mixed in 2010, with arbitrary detention and restrictions on freedom of speech remaining black marks, according to a new report by a well-regarded international human-rights watchdog.

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Monday, January 24, 2011

While Turkey has made progress on some human-rights issues, with constitutional amendments opening the way for further reform, it has fallen short on others, according to the report by Human Rights Watch. (Download PDF of full report here. <> ) Continue reading

End solitary confinement of Iranian political prisoners

07 August 2010

Human Rights Watch published an appeal concerning 17 Iranian political prisoners

Source: ANF Network

Human Rights Watch published a press release calling for Iranian prison authorities to end the solitary confinement of 17 political prisoners and afford them all the protections to which they are entitled, including access to their families and lawyers.

According to the organization all 17 prisoners have been on a hunger strike since July 26 to protest deteriorating conditions inside Evin Prison and have been prohibited from contacting their families.

The 17 are among hundreds held in Ward 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, many of whom were unlawfully detained as part of the mass arrests of political dissidents and peaceful demonstrators following the disputed June 12, 2009 presidential election. There is speculation that more prisoners may have joined the hunger strike in recent days. Continue reading