Turkey: Drop Charges Against LGBTT Group

Update: June 9, 2010

Attached is the full text of the court ruling (PDF) in the case of Black Pink Triangle, the primary LGBT group in Izmir (the third biggest Turkish city).

The court's decision to throw out local government's law suit against Black Pink was issued on April 30, 2010, and was translated to English by the International Commission of Jurists.

According to Elif Ceyhan Ozsoy, the attorney who represented the Black Pink in this litigation, The Turkish Department of Associations (the government agency in charge of regulating and monitoring NGOs) has yet to abide by the court's ruling and approve group's charter.

Download the full text of the court ruling (PDF) »

Read our blog post about Black Pink Triangle »

Siyah Pembe Üçgen Izmir Association is the fourth lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual group that authorities in the Republic of Turkey have tried to close down by claiming that its charter goes against "public morality" and "Turkish family structure." In every case, these charges have been dismissed or rejected.

Following an appeal from the Siyah Pembe Üçgen Izmir Association, IGLHRC wrote a letter to the government requesting that officials immediately drop all charges against the organization, expedite its registration as a valuable member of civil society, and clarify that LGBTT people enjoy the full rights of citizens provided by the Turkish Constitution.