Turkey Withdraws from European Treaty Protecting Women

Turkey withdrew from a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and which bears the name of its largest city.

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Protesters gather during a rally in Istanbul, Saturday, March 2021, 2021. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's overnight decree annulling Turkey's ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a blow to women's rights advocates, who say the agreement is crucial to combating domestic violence. Turkey was the first country to sign 10 years ago and that bears the name of its largest city. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey withdrew early Saturday from a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and which bears the name of its largest city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s overnight decree annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a blow to women’s rights advocates, who say the agreement is crucial to combating domestic violence. Hundreds of women gathered at demonstrations across Turkey on…

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