OPEN LETTER: A Sincere Request to Reinstatement of the “Istanbul Convention”
Date: 25 April 2021
To: H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Republic of Turkey Ankara
Dear H.E. Mr. President:
References: Istanbul Convention (11 May 2011; Council of Europe Convention CECT Treaty No. 210, put into force on 1 August 2014); UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal #5; Gender Equality (September 2015) and Universal Declaration of Human Rights (signed by Turkey in 1949); and Turkey as the founding member of the United Nations, UN Charter (1945).
Sayın T.C. Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Ankara
Sayın Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan:
Referanslar: İstanbul Sözleşmesi (11 Mayıs 2011; Avrupa Konseyi Sözleşmesi AB Antlaşması No. 210, 1 Ağustos 2014 tarihinde TBMM onayıyla yürürlüğe girmiştir); BM 2030 Sürdürülebilir Kalkınma Hedefi # 5; Cinsiyet Eşitliği (Eylül 2015) ve İnsan Hakları Evrensel Beyannamesini (10 Aralık 1948), 1949 yılında ise Birleşmiş Milletler’e üyelik ön koşulu olarak da, Türkiye kurucu üye statüsüyle (1945), “Insan Hakları” Beyannamesini imzalayan ilk 40 ülke içinde yer almıştır.
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