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Ban Created a Climate of Fear and Stigmatized LGBTI Community

An Ankara court has finally ended a ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) events in Turkey’s capital. The court ruled that the ban, in force since November 2017, was unlawful and restricted rights…
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Free Journalists, Rights Defenders, Politicians Jailed in Turkey

Given the present state of human rights in Turkey, the German government has come in for criticism over the elaborate plans for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey’s upcoming visit on September 28 and 29, including a state banquet…
From left to right: Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak
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Protect, End Discrimination Against LGBTI Community

Istanbul’s sixteenth Pride March is set to take place on July 1. But even as the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community (LGBTI) and supporters prepare to celebrate next week, it is unclear whether they will be free to do…
LGBT rights activists hold a rainbow flag during a transgender pride parade which was banned by the governor’s office, in central Istanbul, Turkey, June 19, 2016
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Bans Violate Human Rights

In a televised speech on November 9, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized a municipality that included slots for LGBT people on a neighborhood committee, suggesting that the move was at odds with national values. The speech…
Gay-rights activists take part in the 15th gay pride week parade on the street of Istiklal in Istanbul July 1, 2007.
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Journalists’ Trial Part of Vicious Crackdown on Independent Voices

A journalist prosecuted for allegedly helping a group which he spent years criticizing in his work. Emails received – but not answered – from people the government views as undesirables, and newspaper clippings presented as evidence of…
A demonstration outside a courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey in solidarity with the staff of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on trial over alleged support to terrorist groups, July 24, 2017.
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Istanbul police on Sunday violently disbanded the city’s LGBT pride march – an event carried out for years without police intervention or restrictions.  Organizers say the Istanbul governor’s last-minute clampdown was because the…
LGBT rights activists run as riot police use a water cannon to disperse them before a Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 28, 2015.
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The choice of Turkey as the location for the world’s annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) might have been the conference’s most fundamental problem. But it was not the only one. Thousands of stakeholders from around the globe gathered to discuss how to…
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Prime Minister Erdoğan’s speech today announcing the long-awaited “democracy reform package” is the Turkish government’s first attempt to turn the page after the harsh clampdown that began in May with the Taksim Gezi park protests. It has also been seen…