Turkey’s main opposition to take Istanbul Convention exit to top court

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is set to apply to a top court over the country's exit from a European treaty protecting women following a late night presidential decree, Birgün newspaper reported on Saturday.

The secularist CHP will take the move to the State Council, the newspaper said, citing its violation of Article 90 of the constitution, which stipulates that human rights in Turkeyare protected by a variety of international law treaties, which take precedence over domestic legislation.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu called his Central Executive Board and assembly for an extraordinary meeting on Saturday to address Turkey’s departure from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled Turkey out of the convention with an executive order published in the Official Gazette on Friday night, in a move that has been met with condemnation and protests across the country.

“This is a very problematic situation for Turkey,’’ the CHP leader said. "Erdoğan has become a national security problem. From now on, if any woman or girl in Turkey is subject to violence, harassment or rape, the president will be solely responsible for this.’’ 

Kılıçdaroğlu also accused Erdoğan of failing to lead the country while stressing the need for a snap election, ahead of the scheduled polls in 2023.