Amnesty International today voiced its concern that the ban on public assembly in Taksim Square will put proposed Pride Marches at risk. Amnesty argues that “not allowing peaceful gatherings in one of Istanbul’s most iconic squares is a serious assault on the right to freedom of assembly.” It calls on Turkish authorities to pull back from this threatened restriction.
Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Programme Director John
Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community have struggled for years to gain acceptance of and respect for their Pride events, which have gone ahead successfully without police intervention in recent years. To have this derailed now would be a serious step backwards for freedom of assembly in Turkey.
This coming week will see continued action by Amnesty International chapters throughout the world, as we call on Turkey to respect its citizens right to freedom of assembly and of expression and to stop police violence.
If you have not done so already, will you please join the more than one hundred thousand people worldwide who have called on Turkey to respect these basic human rights. It will only take a minute of your time to ensure that your voice is heard.
In the United States, for example, Amnesty will hold a protest in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC this coming Monday. Check with your local Amnesty chapter to see whether any actions are planned in your region.