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Protests As Turkey Considers Dumping Treaty Against Domestic Violence

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 06 August 2020

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Thousands of women attended protests across Turkey.

Political, Security (Personal) // BLUF: Thousands of women turned out in Turkey to protest the government's consideration of withdrawing from an international treaty preventing domestic violence.

The Istanbul Convention is a treaty to fight violence against women, from marital rape to female genital mutilation.

However, protests began in July after a ruling party official raised the possibility of withdrawing from the treaty.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 06 August 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. MEXICO - Security: Second journalist killed in Mexico in under a week

FYSA: Unidentified assailants shot a journalist dead outside his home in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, state prosecutors said on Wednesday, in the second killing of a reporter in the past week. Eduardo Ochoa, a 29-year-old freelance journalist and teacher in the city of Uruapan, was shot in the jaw, chest and hand when he left his home to buy food on Tuesday, prosecutors said. The Michoacan attorney general's office said it was unclear how many people took part in the attack or what motivated it. Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of suffering reprisals, a friend of the dead journalist told Reuters that Ochoa, who covered security matters, had received death threats from local criminals and wanted to quit the profession. The killing of Ochoa follows the slaying on Sunday morning of journalist Pablo Morrugares along with a bodyguard in the southwestern city of Iguala in Guerrero state. Two days later, unidentified gunmen shot up the offices of local newspaper Diario de Iguala, state prosecutors said. Long convulsed by drug gangs, Michoacan and Guerrero are among the most lawless and violent states in Mexico. According to a tally kept by Reporters Without Borders, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting freedom of information, three journalists had been killed in Mexico this year before the deaths of Morrugares and Ochoa. (KFGO. See link in heading for further reading)

2. GERMANY - Security (Health): Germany warns against travel to parts of Belgium following coronavirus surge

FYSA: Germany’s Foreign Ministry revised its travel guidance for Belgium on Thursday, warning against all non-essential travel to the province of Antwerp because of the high incidence of the coronavirus epidemic in the region. In parallel, Germany’s public health agency declared the region centered on Belgium’s largest port and second city as a high-risk area, meaning returnees from there can be forced to enter 14 days of quarantine. “Numbers of new infections and deaths have been rising since the end of July, especially in Antwerp province, where the number of new cases currently exceeds 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days,” the Foreign Ministry wrote. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. TURKEY - Political, Security (Personal): Protests in Turkey over possible withdrawal from treaty preventing domestic violence

FYSA: Thousands of women across Turkey protested on Wednesday, demanding the government does not withdraw from an international treaty that prevents domestic violence.

The Istanbul Convention is the world's first binding instrument to prevent and combat violence against women, from marital rape to female genital mutilation. The protests began in July after a ruling party official said the convention was "wrong" and speculated over possible withdrawal. Hundreds rallied in Istanbul, with placards reading`: "Women will not forgive violence", "Apply the Istanbul Convention" and "Long live women's solidarity," an AFP correspondent said. There were also protests in Ankara, Izmir and in the southern cities of Adana and Antalya. In recent years, women's rights groups have accused authorities of failing to implement law 6284 -- created following Turkey's ratification of the treaty in 2012 -- leaving women vulnerable to violence often by their partners, husbands or relatives. (Euronews. See link in heading for further reading)

4. LEBANON - Security: Beirut reels from huge blast as death toll climbs to at least 135

FYSA: Lebanese rescue teams pulled out bodies and hunted for missing in the wreckage of buildings on Wednesday as investigations blamed negligence for a massive warehouse explosion that sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut, killing at least 135. More than 5,000 other people were injured in Tuesday’s explosion at Beirut port, Health Minister Hamad Hassan said, and up to 250,000 were left without homes fit to live in after shockwaves smashed building facades, sucked furniture out into streets and shattered windows miles inland. Hassan said tens of people remained missing. Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared three days of mourning from Thursday. The death toll was expected to rise from the blast, which officials blamed on a huge stockpile of highly explosive material stored for years in unsafe conditions at the port. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

5. CHINA - Security (Health), Economic: COVID opens new doors for China's gene giant

FYSA: As countries scramble to test for the novel coronavirus, a Chinese company has become a go-to name around the world. BGI Group, described in one 2015 study as “Goliath” in the fast-growing field of genomics research, is using an opening created by the pandemic to expand its footprint globally. In the past six months, it says it has sold 35 million rapid COVID-19 testing kits to 180 countries and built 58 labs in 18 countries. Some of the equipment has been donated by BGI’s philanthropic arm, promoted by China’s embassies in an extension of China’s virus diplomacy. But as well as test kits, the company is distributing gene-sequencing technology that U.S. security officials say could threaten national security. This is a sensitive area globally. Sequencers are used to analyse genetic material, and can unlock powerful personal information. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

6. NEW ZEALAND - Security (Health): Number of suspected homemade bombs found at Hamilton mall

FYSA: A number of suspected homemade bombs have been found at Chartwell Shopping Centre. The mall in Hamilton was cordoned off before 8 o’clock on Thursday morning.

The Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was joining the operation, a police spokeswoman said. (Stuff. See link in heading for further reading)

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