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The Council of Europe framework was drawn up to protect women from physical abuse, among other things. But Turkey is determined to ditch the agreement, which rights organizations say is unlawful. In March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree aimed at withdrawing his country from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, or Istanbul Convention for short. Turkey was the first country to sign the 2011 agreement, but is set to leave the framework for good on July 1. Turkish presidency Communications Director Fahrettin Altun says the Istanbul Convention is being instrumentalized to “normalize homosexuality.” This, he says, goes against Turkey’s traditional societal and family values.

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