TURKEY: THE BAN ON ALL LGBTI EVENTS IN ANKARA MUST BE LIFTED
On 11 May, hundreds of university students in Turkey showed bravery. They defied the blanket ban on LGBTI events in Ankara and went ahead with their peaceful Pride march. Now it is time for Ankara authorities to lift the ongoing ban in the city.
PLEASE CONTACT THE AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY!
Call on the Governor of Ankara to uphold the right to freedom of assembly to immediately and unconditionally lift the indefinite blanket ban on all LGBTI events in Ankara.
Since November 18, 2017, an indefinite blanket ban imposed by the Governorate of Ankara on all LGBTI events has been in effect, introduced under the ongoing state of emergency in the country in place since the failed coup attempt of July 2016. LGBTI organizations and activists in Ankara speak of the devastating impact of the ban, forcing the once vibrant and growing movement to near invisibility. Ankara based LGBTI organizations, KAOS GL and Pink Life are mounting legal challenges to the ban, which are ongoing.
The LGBTI student group ODTÜ LGBTI was established in 1996 and has been requesting formal recognition from university authorities ever since it was founded, which has still not been granted. The group has been actively defying the ongoing blanket ban on LGBTI events in Ankara since last November and called for international solidarity to ensure that their Pride march took place for the eighth consecutive year and that the ban on LGBTI events in Ankara is lifted.
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The right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed under domestic and international law. To be lawful, any restrictions on this right must be necessary and proportionate, meaning that there must be a pressing social need, in order to protect a legitimate concern. The ongoing indefinite blanket ban on all LGBTI events in Ankara is therefore unlawful, which includes any blocking of the ODTÜ students’ march for Pride.