Thousands of people in Turkey protested, calling on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reverse his decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on the Prevention of Violence against Women. It is reported by the Guardian.
In Istanbul, protesters carrying banners and portraits of murdered women took to the streets, chanting, "We are not afraid. We will not obey." According to media reports, the actions also took place in Ankara and the southwestern city of Izmir.
The Council of Europe Convention, signed in Istanbul, obliged to prevent and eradicate domestic violence at the legal level. Turkish conservatives say the Istanbul Convention undermined family values. They are also hostile to the principle of gender equality and see it as propaganda of homosexuality.
Critics of the withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention said that the country would move further away from the values of the European Union, to which it remains a candidate.
Erdogan's decision comes after he unveiled judicial reforms this month that he said will improve rights and freedoms and help meet EU standards.
Turkey is not the first country to opt out of the agreement. Poland's highest court scrutinized the Council of Europe Convention after a cabinet minister said Warsaw should withdraw from the treaty - his government considers it too liberal.