Urgent Action: Ensure pride marches can safely take place
On 14 June the governorate of Izmir banned all Pride events, followed by the governorate of Antalya the next day. Pride events in other cities have been prevented or are also at imminent risk of being banned, including in Istanbul, where Pride is at risk for the fifth year in a row. This clampdown on the LGBTI community in Turkey has been continuing this year despite this Pride season being the first one after the end of Turkey’s state of emergency in July 2018. The authorities must lift these unlawful bans and ensure that all Pride events are allowed to safely take place. They must protect the right to peaceful assembly without discrimination.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 29 JULY 2019
Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Turkish to:
Minister of Interior
T.C. İçişleri Bakanlığı
Salutation: Dear Minister
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.