UN rights office urges Turkey to reverse decision on women's pact

Reuters , Tuesday 23 Mar 2021

President Tayyip Erdogan's government on Saturday withdrew from the Istanbul Convention, which it signed onto in 2011 after it was forged in Turkey's biggest city

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A rally to mark International Women’s day in Istanbul where protesters demanded government commitment to the European accord on violence against women.AFP

 The United Nations human rights office called on Turkey on Tuesday to reverse its decision to withdraw from an international treaty aimed at combating violence against women.

President Tayyip Erdogan's government on Saturday withdrew from the Istanbul Convention, which it signed onto in 2011 after it was forged in Turkey's biggest city. Turkey said domestic laws, not outside fixes, would protect women's rights. (nL1N2LI014]

Liz Throssell, UN human rights spokeswoman, voiced concern at opposition politicians and activists being detained. 'Vaguely defined terrorism-related charges continue to be brought to target and silence perceived critics,' she told a news briefing.

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