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21 January 2009

Turkish LGBT organization wins appeal against closure

Turkish LGBT organization wins appeal against closure
The Turkish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) solidarity organization, Lambda Istanbul, has won its appeal against the closure of the association. The Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision was communicated to Lambda Istanbul’s lawyers on Tuesday.

A local court in Istanbul had ordered the closure of the association on 29 May 2008. The original ruling followed a complaint by the Istanbul Governor's Office that Lambda Istanbul's objectives were against Turkish "moral values and family structure".

The Supreme Court of Appeals rejected the local court's decision on the grounds that reference to LGBT people in the name and the statute of the association did not constitute opposition to Turkish moral values. The Court’s judgment also recognized the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals to form associations.

The case will now go back to the local court in Istanbul, which is expected to uphold the Supreme Court of Appeals’ decision.

Welcoming the outcome of the appeal, Amnesty International’s researcher on Turkey Andrew Gardner said: "This is an important decision upholding the rights of freedom of association and non-discrimination.

"The judgment should send a clear message to the authorities not to interfere in the legitimate work of LGBT organisations."

Amnesty International issued an action in support of Lambda Istanbul which was taken up by thousands of people around the world, particularly in the run up to the Supreme Court of Appeals’ hearing.

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Gay rights face old threats in new Europe (News, 5 June 2008)

Issue

Activists 
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 
Trials And Legal Systems 

Country

Turkey 

Region

Europe And Central Asia 

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