Domestic violence: US condemns Turkey for quitting treaty
US President Joe Biden has condemned Turkey for withdrawing from an international accord designed to protect women from violence.
He said the move was "disappointing" and a "disheartening step backward" for efforts to end attacks on women.
But Turkey said the Istanbul Convention - which seeks to prevent, prosecute and eliminate domestic violence - was incompatible with its family values.
It had been "hijacked" by people trying to "normalise homosexuality", it said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government unilaterally quit the convention on Saturday, nearly 10 years after it became the first signatory to the landmark agreement.
The move sparked large protests led by women in the country.
Women's rights activists say the Istanbul Convention was crucial to combating domestic violence in Turkey.
In a statement, the president's office explained its decision.
"The Istanbul Convention, originally intended to promote women's rights, was hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalise homosexuality - which is incompatible with Turkey's social and family values. Hence the decision to withdraw," the statement said, without giving further details.
It said Turkey was not the only country that had "serious concerns" about the Istanbul Convention.
Despite quitting the convention, the Turkish government "will not give up on its fight against domestic violence", the statement added.