Governor’s Office Bans Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week Press Statement Due to “Sensitivities”

Istanbul Governor’s Office has not approved Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week’s request to hold a press statement on 26 June in Taksim’s Tünel Square due to “sensitivities” and “security”. 

Source: Kaos GL, “LGBTİ+ Onur Haftası basın açıklamasına da Valilik’ten ‘hassasiyet’ yasağı!”, 23 June 2016, http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=21952

LGBTI associations have submitted notices to the Istanbul Governor’s Office after the ban on 19 June Trans Pride March and 26 June LGBTI+ Pride March via a statement on their website and after the police intervention on Trans Pride March.

The application stated the request to hold a press statement within the scope of Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week on 26 June at 17:00 in Tünel Square.

The Istanbul Governor’s Office’s response to the application includes the following statements:

Within Law No: 5442, this request has not been approved due to the terror attacks that have taken place in our country and the area; because provocative acts and events may take place when the sensitivities that have emerged in society are taken into account; and because it may cause a disruption in public order and the people’s- including the participants of the event- tranquility, security, and welfare.

The institutions that made the application and the committee will take the Governor’s decision to the Administrative Court.

 

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