LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

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Meet these LGBTI activists facing trial for their peaceful defence of human rights

In the past months, LGBTI people have been criminally persecuted for their activism in different parts of Europe and Central Asia. In today’s blog, we bring you three astonishing cases of brave LGBTI activists who could face prison time because they peacefully stood up for human rights.

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

Today in Turkey, at a hearing against 19 human rights defenders facing charges for “participating in an unlawful assembly” and “failing to disperse despite being warned”, the courts have decided to postpone the trial until 30 April 2021. The accused, 18 students and one academic, were arrested at a peaceful LGBTI Pride march at Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU) on 10 May 2019. If found guilty, they could face up to three years in prison.

Turkey: 19 LGBTI Pride marchers must be acquitted in forthcoming trial

Protests after METU Pride 2019. Credit: ODTÜ LGBTİ+ Dayanışması

Turkey must uphold its domestic and international commitments, and dismiss all charges against 19 human rights defenders, prosecuted for their participation in a peaceful Pride march at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara in May 2019, says Europe’s largest LGBTI rights umbrella organisation, ILGA-Europe.

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