Turkey’s women’s treaty exit legitimises crimes against women

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04/17/2021

Turkey’s withdrawal from a European treaty aimed at protecting women against violence is a major setback with catastrophic consequences for women, Turkish writer Elif Şafak told actress Angelina Jolie in an interview published in Time Magazine. The Istanbul Convention is the most progressive international treaty, which protects anyone who is vulnerable to violence, Şafak said and Ankara’s decision to withdraw from it tells perpetrators that “their crimes will be legitimized.’’ President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled Turkey out of the Istanbul Convention on women’s rights with an executive order last month, in a move that has sparked heavy criticism by Turkey’s Western allies and led to protests across the country. “I think this is a major setback, which will have catastrophic consequences for women, for children, and for the LGBTQ community,’’ Şafak said.

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