LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Declaration from the Annual Conference 2011

The 343 delegates of the Annual Conference 2011 adopted a declaration concerning Northern Cyprus.

We the 343 delegates of the 15th Annual Conference of the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), coming from over 43 countries, are very concerned about the recent spate of arrests in North Cyprus under Article 171 of the 1929 Criminal Code, which punishes adult male same-sex sexual relations with up to 5 years imprisonment.

We welcome the recent reports indicating that North Cypriot leader Derviş Eroğlu has stated that the mentioned Article will be repealed, and call for this declaration to be followed through without any procrastination.

We also reiterate ILGA-Europe’s demand to the dropping of all the charges against all the men who are still being prosecuted under the Article, and who are meant to appear in front of the court on 16th November.

Moreover, we demand a thorough investigation into the allegations that have emerged in international reports indicating that police have ill treated and tortured some of the men during detention.