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Human Rights Watch Condemns Anti-Gay Turkish Court Ruling

Human Rights Watch has condemned a recent Turkish Court Ruling ordering the Lambda Istanbul Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transvestites Solidarity Association shut down on the grounds that the inclusion of words describing sexual identities of its members in the group's official name violated public morality.

TurkeySaid group member Baran Ergenc: "If we take out the words of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestites then it is not an association for them."

Said Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW): "The judges arbitrary decision highlights the prejudiced proceedings. If the authorities can close one organization on procedural pretexts, all of civil society is in danger...The Turkish authorities must decide whether nongovernmental organizations are fair game for harassment, or full partners in a free society."

Lambda Istanbul plans to appeal the court's ruling.

Turkish gay group ban arbitrary and prejudiced: rights group [Hürriyet]

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  1. This is just another reason not to let Turkey into the EU. They are 3rd world.

    Posted by: wayne | Jun 3, 2008 1:06:14 PM

  2. There are gay bars and gay baths in Istanbul. There are trans gendered hookers who work the streets in Istanbul. Our gay Turkish guide told us, "there are no laws against homosexuality here because it does not exist."

    Posted by: dezboy | Jun 3, 2008 3:21:12 PM

  3. How about "The Differently Gendered & Alternately Sexually Oriented Solidarity Association"?

    Posted by: Wheezy | Jun 3, 2008 9:58:44 PM

  4. This seems to be a common occurrence in many countries where homosexuality is not legal.
    I am currently traveling the world with a film crew documenting Pride events- especially those that are still steeped in protest. After being in Moscow last week and actually experiencing physical brutality first-hand (for the first time in my life) I have to say that what Pride groups are trying to do in all these cities is of top importance and they all need our support. Certainly a great party, colorful parade and top DJ's is a wonderful way to celebrate what we have accomplished, but we need to remember the original purpose of Pride events. I am thankful for what we have in the west but want to world to know that many are not as fortunate as us.
    Please visit my site for live blogging from our travels ( I am currently in Warsaw ) and visit my film's website to see the trailer.
    Morris Chapdelaine

    Posted by: Morris Chapdelaine | Jun 4, 2008 6:39:40 AM

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