Women’s rights activists plan to protest outside the State Council building in Ankara on June 23; activists will gather from 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the action is to show support for the Istanbul Convention, a human rights treaty on violence against women adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011, which Turkey withdrew in 2021. The Council of State is expected to issue its final decision on a lawsuit claiming the withdrawal was illegal on June 23. Attendance will likely number in the hundreds. Related protests are possible in cities across the country.
Additional police will almost certainly be deployed to monitor the action. Large crowds and associated security measures, including possible road closures and movement restrictions, will likely lead to localized transport disruptions in the surrounding area. Isolated clashes between police and activists cannot be ruled out, particularly if activists attempt to breach security cordons. Bystanders are unlikely to be directly targeted by violence, but they would face an indirect threat of harm.
Avoid the demonstration as a routine safety measure and to mitigate associated disruptions. Heed the instructions of the security services and leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Check for disruptions and allow extra time to travel to the affected area on June 23.