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REPUBLIC OF TURKEY:
PRIDE MARCH NO LONGER AT RISK

Update info:
14 May 2018 (Suspended)
Latest info:
8 May 2018
Country:
REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
Subject:
ODTÜ LGBTI Solidarity and others taking part in the Ankara student-organized Pride
Gender m/f: all
Period:
14 Jun 2018
Distribution date:
14 May 2018
UA No:
083/2018

The student-organized Pride march gathering hundreds of university students went ahead peacefully on 11 May on the Ankara-based Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ), despite attempts from the university and Ankara authorities to prevent it from taking place.

The annual student-organized Pride march took place on 11 May, on the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) campus in Ankara, the capital. Hundreds of demonstrators peacefully marched on the university campus, in defiance of the ban on all LGBTI events imposed by the governor of Ankara.

ODTÜ LGBTI Solidarity told Amnesty International they were very grateful for the organization’s support and action, and they shared the following message: “We could not stay silent and resign ourselves to the ban. We had to oppose it, we had to march. The ban on our pride march was illegal and it was against our existence. The reason we could resist the ban and move forward was the international support and solidarity by Amnesty International activists around the world. We could not have gone further without your support.”

Thank you to all those who sent appeals. No further action is requested from the UA network.

This is the first update of UA 83/18. Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur44/8339/2018/en/

Further information on UA: 83/18 Index: EUR 44/8401/2018 Issue Date: 11 May 2018