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Turkish court says Erdogan had right to annul women’s treaty

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi during their joint press briefing at the Saadabad Palace, in Tehran, Iran, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi during their joint press briefing at the Saadabad Palace, in Tehran, Iran, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Turkey’s top court rules that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has the right to pull his country out of a European convention against gender-based violence.

Rights groups and Western governments voiced shock and outrage when Erdogan canceled Turkey’s membership of the Istanbul Convention in an overnight decree last year.

Erdogan’s political opponents argued the president did not have the power to unilaterally cancel membership of an international agreement.

Turkey became the first country to sign the convention in 2011 and ratified it by vote in parliament the following year.

But the top administrative court has rejected a request to annul Erdogan’s decision in a case involving testimony from leading women’s rights advocates and legal scholars.

The court’s legal reasoning was not immediately released to the press.

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