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LGBTI Rights in Turkey


ADDED ON: 02/27/2021

Students in Turkey face three years in jail for LGBT rainbow picture of Islam’s holiest site during protests

STUDENTS who unveiled a banner showing Islam’s holiest site adorned with the LGBT rainbow colours face up to three years prison in Turkey after prosecutors charged them today with inciting public hatred.…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2021

Targeted by Erdogan, Turkey’s LGBT face ‘tsunami of hate’

Rising homophobic discourse, a series censored for a gay character, boycotted pro-LGBT brands: this growing animosity has shaken a once vibrant community in Turkey and tarnished the image of a country long…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2021

LGBT people face ‘tsunami of hate’ in Turkey, once a haven of tolerance in the Middle East

Murat has watched for years as LGBT people who face persecution in the Middle East have found refuge in his cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Istanbul. Today, in the face of growing government hostility…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2021

Turkey jails four pending trial over university protests: prosecutor

Four people were formally arrested as part of an investigation into protests against President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of a rector at one of the country’s top universities, an Istanbul prosecutor’s office said…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2021

LGBT+ people are facing a dire situation in Turkey. This is how it got so bad, and why you should care

The abuse and restrictions against Turkey’s LGBT+ population are growing increasingly more alarming. On 2 February 2021, Twitter took the still relatively unusual step of flagging a politician’s tweets for “hateful conduct”,…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2021

Ankara calls student protesters ‘LGBT perverts’ amid artwork controversy

Clashes between students from Bogazici University and Turkish police show no sign of abating. Many students have been arrested, while the interior minister has lashed out with homophobic hate speech over an…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2021

Erdogan says he will not let Turkish university protests swell

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday his government would not allow month-long demonstrations at a Turkish university to grow into anti-government protests similar to those in 2013, calling the protesters "terrorists". Defying…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2021

Twitter says Turkish minister’s LGBT comments about protesters “hateful conduct”

Turkey’s interior minister on Tuesday condemned protesters at a top Istanbul university as “LGBT deviants” in a statement which Twitter deemed as hateful conduct. Students and teachers at Istanbul’s Bogazici University have…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2021

Erdogan hits out at ‘LGBT youth’ as police break up fresh protest

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at Turkey's LGBT movement, accusing it of "vandalism" following an outbreak of student protests. Four people were arrested over the weekend for depicting Islam's…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2021

Turkish students depict sacred Islamic site alongside rainbows. They’re detained and dubbed ‘deviants’ by ministers

The Kaaba is the most sacred site in Islam, being a building in the centre of the Masjid al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Tensions have simmered at Boğaziçi University in Instanbul after a supposed loyalist…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2020

Turkish court postpones trial of 19 Pride attendees, infringing their right to fair judicial process

During the hearing, all the defendants gave testimonies explaining how this trial is a cloud over their heads which negatively impacts their everyday lives. The trial has lasted one and a half…

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ADDED ON: 12/08/2020

ISIS threatens to attack Turkish LGBTQ organization

ISTANBUL, Turkey – A Turkish media report indicates members of the so-called Islamic State were planning to attack an LGBTQ organization in the country. CNN Türk last week reported authorities arrested four…

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