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Turkey withdraws from the Istanbul Convention

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Press review of the week from 14 to 21 March

Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention, a 2011 treaty aimed at preventing and combating violence against women. A treaty signed by 34 European countries. A choice justified by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a treaty that damages the values ​​of the traditional family.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first to sign the treaty in 2012 and has decided to withdraw from the agreement even though the number of femicides and domestic abuse are on the rise in the country.

The Council of Europe Convention stipulates that men and women have equal rights and obliges state authorities to take measures to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims and prosecute those responsible.

A treaty symbolizing women's emancipation, the president's workhorse, who decided to change course and seek consensus elsewhere, approaching conservative Islamic groups.

The Istanbul Convention would be contrary to the norms of Islam and would encourage divorce and homosexuality. The Turkish Vice President, Fiat Oktay, commenting on the decision to withdraw from the Convention stated: "The decision was made to raise the dignity of Turkish women. It is part of our traditions and customs ”.

Hundreds of women, after this choice, gathered in the streets of Istanbul to protest, shouting pro-LGBT slogans and demanding Erdogan's resignation.

According to the rights group "We Will Stop Femicide Platform" 300 women were killed last year. Furthermore, in the first 65 days of 2021 alone, there were 65 femicides in Turkey. According to the World Health Organization, at least 40 per cent of Turkish women are victims of partner violence, compared to a European average of 25 per cent.


In Spain, with 202 votes in favor and 141 against, on March 18, the parliament definitively approved the legalization of euthanasia. A law discussed and finally approved, which will come into force from June.

The law on euthanasia allows those who suffer from chronic pain that cause disability and have a serious and incurable disease to be able to make a choice, to switch off. With the help of the medical staff you can stop suffering.

Spain is the third country after the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to legalize euthanasia.


In a few days, a real "Salmon chaos" broke out in Taiwan. It was so defined by the local media and reported by the BBC, to the point of needing government intervention.

A Taiwanese restaurant decided, unaware of the chaos it would wreak, to offer free sushi to all people named “Salmon, certifying the veracity of the name through a document.

The promotion included a sushi meal, all you can eat, to the bearer named “gui yu” (salmon in Chinese) and five other friends.

A unique offer, which has unleashed an irrepressible desire for sushi free among the inhabitants, leading to the clogging of the city registry in just two days. 150 name change requests for an evening of food, friends and zero expenses.

A chaotic result, which required the intervention of the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Chen Tsung-yen, who urged citizens to stop the unusual comings and goings at the registry office, advising managers to end the promotion that was only wasting too much time, creating countless paperwork.


On March 16, in Miami, Florida, 40-year-old veterinarian Prentiss Madden was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing dogs that were left in his care. The overwhelming evidence can be traced back to the child pornography material in his possession.

The story is reported by the Daily Mail. Investigators began investigating when they discovered a receipt of over 1600 suspicious files on Dropbox, with IP addresses matching the Madden clinic.

Many online discussions were found, in which the vet talked about the abuse of animals and children, exchanging photos and videos with other users.

Authorities found videos of a man abusing a dog and a statement from Madden, who in chat confirms to other users that he is the protagonist of the video.

Today the vet is accused of possession of child pornography and animal abuse.


The Word Happines Report analyzed the effects of the pandemic on individual and collective well-being, drawing up a ranking of the happiest countries in the world in time of Covid.

Finland takes the podium by winning the "palm of happiness" for the third consecutive year, as the happiest country in the world.

A confirmation, defined by the experts, to be attributed to the trust that citizens have in their community.

“The pandemic reminds us that we must work for well-being rather than wealth, which will be precarious if we don't improve the way we handle the challenge of sustainable development,” commented US economist and essayist Jeffrey D. Sachs.

Italy, compared to last year, rises from 28th to 25th place.


On March 18, Washington accused China of "Uyghur genocide, Hong Kong, Taiwan and cyber attacks", while Beijing accused the United States of "interfering in its internal affairs" and threatened reprisals.

The clash of Chinese and US delegations took place in Alaska, Anchorage, during the first face-to-face of the Biden administration.

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