Multiple Turkish cities see protests against violence against women Aug 06, 2020 0 598 12345 DPAIstanbul Women took to the streets in multiple Turkish cities on Wednesday to demand an end to gender-based violence and that the country remain a member of an international agreement against such attacks.Hundreds of women in Istanbul’s Kadikoy neighbourhood shouted and waved placards with slogans like “Men throw punches and the state protects them.” Others held up high posters with the names of dead women. Those names also appeared on the T-shirts of some of the other protesters.There were multiple arrests at another such demonstration in Izmir, according to media reports. Violence against women is widespread in Turkey, as in other countries. The death in July of Pinar Gultekin, a 27-year-old student, fired up the movement to protest femicide, or murders specifically targeting women.Those protesters have also rallied around attempts to save the Istanbul Convention, an international agreement that Turkey wants to exit. Many of the protesters wore face masks demanding that the convention remain in force.The Istanbul convention, a treaty developed by the Council of Europe, aims to create a legal framework to prevent and fight against violence against women and domestic violence. According to the group We Will Stop Femicide, 474 women were killed by men in Turkey last year. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Beirut blast death toll hits 135 as more than 5,000 injured Aug 06, 2020 0 453 Khamenei pardons, commutes sentences of thousands Aug 06, 2020 0 947 Fears grow in Turkey as daily virus cases top 1,000 Aug 06, 2020 0 36 UN tribunal in Hariri assassination postpones verdict to August 18 Beirut The United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon has postponed its verdict in the 2005 Rafik Hariri assassination case to August 18. “This was out of respect for the countless victims of the devastating explosion .. Coronavirus infects 24,000 South African health workers AFP Johannesburg Some 24,000 health workers in South Africa have contracted coronavirus, 181 of whom have died, since the pandemic hit the country in March, the health minister announced on Wednesday. South Africa is .. Floods affect more than 50,000 in Sudan: UN Khartoum More than 50,000 people have been affected by flooding across Sudan over the past week, the United Nations said Wednesday. “Torrential rains continued in several parts of Sudan... leading to flooding, .. UN closes two Malian refugee camps in Niger, citing security fears AFP Niamey Some 15,000 Malians were moved out of two large refugee camps in western Niger in late 2019 to live in nearby towns where they will be safer from jihadist attacks, the United Nations announced for the first time on .. DR Congo armed groups killed 1,300 in first half of 2020: UN Kinshasa More than 1,300 people were killed in the first half of 2020 by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, three times more than in the same period in 2019, according to a report published on Wednesday by the .. Dozens of anti-Buhari protesters arrested in Nigeria: activists AFP Abuja Nigerian police on Wednesday arrested dozens of protesters demanding better governance from President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, activists and lawyers said. But police said the protesters were ..