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Turkey pulls out of treaty criminalizing violence against women

DW, 20 Mar 2021
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has by decree annulled the country's ratification of an international accord designed to protect women from domestic violence. The Istanbul Convention requires governments to adopt laws to prosecute domestic violence. Turkey was the first signatory in 2011 - dozens of nations and the EU followed suit. But conservatives in Turkey say the agreement threatens family values. A women's rights group recorded at least 300 femicides in the country last year.


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