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

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Turkey’s top court on Tuesday ruled that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had 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 cancelled 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…

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