Turkey officializes Istanbul Convention pullout

To cease to be in force from July 1,women to continue protesting

30 April, 13:40

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, APRIL 30 - Turkey has completed the last step towards officializing its withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence after a decision made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 19.

    A new decree published Friday by the official gazette states that the document will cease to be in force in the country from July 1.

    Erdogan's move against the convention - which was signed in Istanbul in 2011 and ratified by Turkey the following year - had led to street protests at the local level and condemnation at the international level, including from the US and the EU.

    Women's associations supporting the convention said Friday that they intend to continue protesting but demonstrations will not be able to be held for several weeks since a general anti-COVID lockdown came into force in Turkey on Thursday and will last until May 17.

    The coordinating body for these associations said that even on July 1 they would continue their protests. (ANSAmed).

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