UN rights chief dismayed by Turkey women's treaty withdrawal

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet is dismayed at Turkey pulling out of the world’s first binding treaty to prevent and combat violence against women, her office said on Tuesday. Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called the move a retrograde step. Turkey announced on Saturday that it was withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention that it helped bring together. “The High Commissioner has expressed her dismay at the withdrawal, which represents a significant step backwards in Turkey’s efforts to advance women’s rights, especially given that gender inequality and gende…

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