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Turkey: Drop charges against students and academic

, Index number: EUR 44/1322/2019

Eighteen students and one academic from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara who are facing criminal charges for allegedly joining an LGBTI Pride Parade on the University’s campus on 10 May. The trial will start on 12 November. Some of them have stated that they did not participate in the parade and were just bystanders. No one should be prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and charges against them must be dropped.