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Turkey: Drop charges against university Pride Parade participants

, Index number: EUR 44/0869/2019

Eighteen students and one academic from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara are facing criminal charges for having joined the 9th lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) Pride Parade on the university’s campus. The Law on Meetings and Demonstrations has frequently been used to hinder the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly in Turkey due to its restrictive nature and its arbitrary application. Amnesty International calls on the authorities to drop charges against METU pride parade participants who were simply exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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