Category Archives: LGBT Rights

Pride March Banned, Protestors attacked in Istanbul

They are water cannoning anything that moves — Nick Ashdown (@Nick_Ashdown) June 28, 2015 For over a decade, the Pride March in Istanbul has been a centerpiece of Turkey’s active LGBTI community.  For over a decade, it has been staged … Continue reading

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Reports: Another Murder of Transgender Woman in Turkey

A number of media outlets have reported yet another murder of a transgender woman in Turkey, this time in the tourist town of Kusadasi.  According to reports, Dora Özer was brutally murdered in a knife attack. Violent attacks on transgender … Continue reading

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Protests, Arrests, and a Shooting

The last few days have been eventful ones in Turkey. Pride Week ended with a huge and successful Pride March in Taksim.  Amnesty has long campaigned on LGBTI Rights in Turkey. Discriminatiespot Turkije from AmnestyNL on Vimeo. There was darker … Continue reading

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Good news, bad news, and ridiculous news

The good: the Pride March Let us take a moment to celebrate the important success of the Pride March that took place in Taksim this past Sunday. Amnesty had been concerned that Turkish authorities would restrict the march.  As Amnesty … Continue reading

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More police violence against peaceful protestors in Istanbul

Thousands gathered with flowers in #taksim square in #istanbul but police used tear gas and water cannon again. #gezipark — muratcekic (@muratcekic) June 22, 2013 Turkish protestors have demonstrated remarkable creativity in their response to government efforts to stifle their … Continue reading

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Amnesty International Annual Report 2013 on Turkey: Ten Major Issues Highlighted.

Amnesty International has just issued its annual report for 2013 and the section on Turkey is, once again, grim reading.  It included ten major issues of concern 1. Some of the worst abuses remain in the area of freedom of … Continue reading

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State Department Report on Human Rights in Turkey

The U.S. Department of State has released its annual country report on Human Rights in Turkey, outlining some areas of improvement and drawing attention to some major deficiencies in Turkey’s record over the past year. The report noted the full … Continue reading

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The #1 Human Rights Issue in Turkey (in case you were wondering)

You may have wondered what the most pressing human rights issue in Turkey might be. The on-going issue of impunity?  Torture and police abuse?  Attacks on the press?  Perhaps, the basic question of freedom of expression… Not any of these, … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Revise or Repeal Internet Law 5651

Human Rights Watch has issued an important assessment of the Ahmet Yıldırım internet case. On December 18, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Turkey had violated the right to freedom of expression through an overly broad blocking of … Continue reading

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Five Dangers for the LGBT Community in Turkey

Amnesty USA Turkey Country Specialist, Howard Eissenstat, outlines the dangers and challenges facing the LGBT community in Turkey in this blog for Amnesty’s Human Rights Now… and suggests ways that we can help.

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