Leading European LGBTI rights organisation, ILGA-Europe welcomes the decision of a Turkish court to acquit 19 activists, who were charged with “unlawful assembly” for their participation in a peaceful LGBTI+ Pride march in 2019.
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The Court found a violation of Article 8 (right to private and family life) and 11 (freedom of association and assembly) together with Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).
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Today in Turkey, at a hearing against 19 human rights defenders facing charges for “participating in an unlawful assembly” and “failing to disperse despite being warned”, the courts have decided to postpone the trial until 30 April 2021. The accused, 18 students and one academic, were arrested at a peaceful LGBTI Pride march at Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU) on 10 May 2019. If found guilty, they could face up to three years in prison.
Turkey must uphold its domestic and international commitments, and dismiss all charges against 19 human rights defenders, prosecuted for their participation in a peaceful Pride march at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara in May 2019, says Europe’s largest LGBTI rights umbrella organisation, ILGA-Europe.
The only just outcome is their wholesale acquittal at their next hearing on 10 December.
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