Ruling AKP’s women’s branches file complaint against columnist over article on İstanbul Convention

The women’s branches of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have filed a criminal complaint against an Islamist columnist over an article in which he insulted supporters of the Istanbul convention, a Council of Europe human rights treaty against domestic and gender-based violence.

The criminal complaint was filed by all 81 of AKP provincial women’s branches against Yeni Akit columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak over his column dated July 27, in which he blasted the Istanbul Convention and called women’s groups who support it a "threat to the family structure’’ and "prostitutes."

"We hope that this call, made by our central headquarters and 81 provinces and 922 towns, will facilitate in preventing the use of one’s pen as a vessel for political threats,’’ Diken news site quoted AKP Istanbul’s Women’s Branch lawyer Rabia İlhan as saying.

The Istanbul Convention has been in Turkey’s spotlight for weeks, following reports that the 

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is weighing the possibility of withdrawal from the treaty against domestic and gender-based violence.

AKP’s plans arrive as Turkey in recent years registered an increase in violence against women.

Backers of the accord maintain that both the deal and legislation approved in its wake - Turkish Law No.6284 for protection of the family and prevention of violence against women - need to be implemented more stringently in the country, where a total of 146 women were killed by men in the first half of 2020, according to the rights group We Will Stop Femicides.