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Joe Biden condemns Turkey for withdrawing from accord designed to protect women


US president calls move ‘deeply disappointing’ as women’s rights advocates say the Istanbul convention is critical

Joe Biden has joined European leaders in condemning Turkey’s withdrawal from a landmark international accord designed to protect women from violence.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a decree early on Saturday annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Istanbul convention, a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and that bears the name of its largest city.

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