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Enthusiasts: Turkey. Manifestations against the threat of dissolution of an association for women's law

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Several events took place in different cities in Turkey to support a women's rights defense association whose government is considering the dissolution.

Hundreds of people demonstrated Saturday, April 16 in several cities of Turkey , including Istanbul and Ankara, against the threat of dissolution of one of the most important women's advocacy associations for "activities against the law and morality ".

"It is not possible to stop our fight. We are not going to allow the closure of our association, "AFP said the Secretary General of the We Will Stop Feminicide, Fidan Ataselim platform.

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An attorney from Istanbul has opened on Wednesday a trial for the dissolution of the association for "activity" against "law and morality".

Very active for the defense of women's rights, the association had also organized several protests for the maintenance of Turkey in the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty establishing rules to combat gender violence, including the country. is removed in 2021.

"Do not continue women, but the assassins! ", Have launched hundreds of protesters gathered in Istanbul.

Representatives of the opposition parties as well as family members of women who were victims of female have also participated in the demonstration in Istanbul, noted an AFP journalist on site.

"These women are fighters. They did not leave us alone and followed our trial. I wanted to be there to support them, "said Nihat Palandoken, the father of a girl killed in 2017 by her ex-friend.

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Nearly 300 feminicides

at the origin of the trial, complaints filed by individuals who criticize the members of the association to "destroy the family on the pretext of defense of women 'rights", for publishing reports on femicides .

These complaints, sent to the Turkish Presidency through a website to collect citizens' requests and complaints, repeat, according to the association, "the terminology of detractors of the Istanbul Convention".

The Turkish government had justified its decision to abandon the treaty by reputing it to encourage homosexuality and threaten the traditional family structure.

According to the association, 280 women were killed in 2021, and 217 others died in suspicious circumstances, including those presented as suicides.

The date of the first hearing of the trial was set on 1 June.

"It's a trial not only against us but against the whole women's movement in Turkey. We will continue our fight, "said Rukiye Leyla Suen, a lawyer of the association.

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