Turkey withdrawal from violence-on-women pact 'disappointing,' Biden says

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Turkey withdrawal from violence-on-women pact 'disappointing,' Biden says
“Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence... is deeply disappointing."
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
MARCH 21, 2021

Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention over the weekend, part of a wider crackdown on human rights, gay rights and women’s rights by the authoritarian governing AK Party. Now the White House has slammed Turkey for its “unwarranted withdrawal.” This is part of building displeasure with Turkey’s increasing extremism and far-right government, as well as imprisonment of activists such as Osman Kavala and Turkey’s attempt to ban the opposition HDP party. Turkey recently bashed US President Joe Biden for comments he made about Russia’s President. In the past Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was close to US President Donald Trump and often would call Trump and berate the US between 2016 and 2020.

“Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is deeply disappointing,” the US statement reads. “Around the world, we are seeing increases in the number of domestic violence incidents, including reports of rising femicide in Turkey, the first nation to sign the convention. Countries should be working to strengthen and renew their commitments to ending violence against women, not rejecting international treaties designed to protect women and hold abusers accountable. This is a disheartening step backward for the international movement to end violence against women globally.” Turkey has reportedly claimed, among other reasons, it withdrew from the convention because it is against homosexuality. Turkey's ruling party often incites against gay rights and LGBT activists.

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