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As of today, Turkey appears to have withdrawn from the Istanbul Convention, an effort by the Council of Europe to create a standard legal approach to battling violence against women and domestic abuse.

On 20 March 2021, Turkey has announced its withdrawal from the agreement by presidential decree published in the official gazette. The withdrawal is criticized in social media, and by NGOs. CHP spokesperson claimed that the agreement cannot be withdrawn without parliamentary approval, since it is approved by parliament in 2012. According to CHP and some lawyers, the right to approve the international agreements still belongs to the parliament according to Article 90 of the Constitution. Therefore, when withdrawn these treaties, the parliament must approve. According to the government, the president has the authority to withdraw the international agreements as stated in article 3 of the presidential decree no 9.

While the legitimacy of the apparent withdrawal via a presidential decree is being questioned, the question remains: why withdraw, and why withdraw now? It's been 10 years since the document was ratified by Turkey, so why only withdraw now, or at all?

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    From the BBC: "Turkish conservatives argue its principles of gender equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation undermine family values and promote homosexuality." That should give you a general "why", although it probably doesn't explain the timing too well. – Fizz Mar 21 at 2:42

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