Siyami Akyel: "The Istanbul Convention is not a sacred text!"

Siyami Akyel: "The Istanbul Convention is not a sacred text!"
Date: 8.2.2021 17:00

Milli Gazete columnist Siyami Akyel writes Istanbul Convention. Here is the full article.

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The convention, which was approved by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on April 7, 2011 in Strasbourg and referred to as the Istanbul Convention on the occasion of its opening for signature in Istanbul on 11 May 2011 under the leadership of Turkey, was sent to the parliament on November 11, 2011 with the signature of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was discussed in the parliament on 24 November 2011 and approved by the unanimous vote of AKP, CHP, MHP and BDP (HDP). The contract signed by the Council of Ministers on February 10, 2012 was published in the Official Gazette on March 8, 2012, and was put into effect on August 1, 2014.
It is the Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu who signed the contract on behalf of Turkey, as the foreign ministers have signed on behalf of each country. Davutoğlu, the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Cemil Çiçek, and the then Minister of Family and Social Policies, Fatma Şahin, adopted the contract.
During the discussion of the agreement in the parliament, the support of the CHP Ayşe Gülsün Bilgehan, Pervin Buldan announced the support of the BDP (HDP). Speaking on behalf of MHP, Mehmet Şandır said, "We, as the Nationalist Movement Party, of course also support this law, but the reflections of this international agreement in domestic law must be completed quickly." On behalf of the AK Party, Nurettin Canikli said, “The honor of being the first country to pass the contract through its Parliament and enact it will be ours soon afterwards; it will belong to all of us, to all our deputies, to all our groups and to our country”.
Turkey is the first country to both sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention as if it were a sacred text, and is a party to the convention itself. It did not make any reservations, comments or objections. While some of the European Christian countries made reservations to the convention, such as gender, sexual orientation and life of a partner (unmarried individuals living together), on the grounds that it is contrary to the religious, cultural and social structure, the government that signed the convention and the power-opposition bloc that ratified the convention as much as some of the Council of Europe countries. It is very grave that it does not carry religious and cultural concerns as much as the Vatican, the observer country Russia and the USA. Although we are a Muslim country, it has not even objected to the guarantee of "sexual orientation or sexual orientation" in the third paragraph of the fourth article of the convention.
Although the mahut convention, which was prepared to prevent criticism about such deviances, which legitimizes, guarantees and distorts perversions such as LGBT, generally includes violence against women, with expressions such as "sexual orientation, sexual partner and gender equality", deviances are skillfully embedded in the contract.
The Istanbul Convention is harmful in two ways. First, it guarantees LGBT perversion with expressions such as “sexual orientation, sexual partner and gender equality”. The second is that the law no 6284 enacted for compliance with the contract increases the unrest and grievances in the family.
It is rumored that President and AK Party Chairman Tayyip Erdogan said "There are some problems in us, please support us" during his visit to Saadet Party High Board Advisory Chairman Oğuzhan Asiltürk. AK Party Deputy Chairman Mahir Ünal, who was the guests of the 4th Power program of our dear friend Mustafa Deniz and Hasan Basri Akdemir on TV5 last week, said, "The Istanbul Convention was signed in 2012. The Istanbul Convention is actually a package. We have started to see that there are other keys that open other doors in terms of spirit and meaning in this package over time" raises the question of whether there will be any improvement in this matter.
The question to be asked here is as follows: While many Christian countries have made comments and reservations to expressions such as "sexual orientation, sexual partner and gender equality" in the convention during the signature and ratification process of the Istanbul Convention, have the political power in the country not examined this text? Or has it been acted with the understanding of "Europe will not do us wrong" and over-trust in the European Union, which they see as a civilization project, with the effect of internalizing Western imitation / Western admiration?
The Istanbul Convention is not a sacred text. All right, during the signature process, it could be objected, at least some of its articles could be annotated. This was not done, moreover, the contract was initiated. In spite of this, if there is regret for signing the contract, article 80 of the contract states, "Any party can terminate this contract at any time with a notification to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe". In other words, the current government can unilaterally withdraw from the Istanbul Convention. President Erdoğan has all the powers of the former cabinet of ministers today. It also has the authority to do whatever it wants with a single signature. If it is necessary to take a decision in the Assembly, the majority of the People's Alliance is also sufficient.


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