Turkish police detain at least 50 LGBTI+ activists in Ankara

Turkish police intervened in a pride march in the capital Ankara and detained at least 50 LGBTI+ activists on Tuesday.

Police released all of the detained after they gave depositions, Turkish LGBT rights organisation Kaos GL said.

Radical Islamists sought to intervene violently in the pride march, the Diken news website reported. Several of the marchers were injured in attacks carried out by men, it said.

Being LGBT has never been criminalised during the modern Turkish republic, but LGBT-focused events have been banned since 2015 after Istanbul Pride attracted some 100,000 people the previous year. In July last year, Turkey withdrew from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, after pro-government conservative and Islamist groups argued that it promoted homosexuality and undermined family values.

Mezopotamya News Agency reporter Emel Vural and Kaos GL's Aslı Alpar were injured during the police intervention, Turkish Press and Printing Workers' Union DİSK Basın-İş said.

ILGA Europe rated Turkey 48th of 49 countries in a 2022 review of the human rights situation for LGBTI+ people. Only Azerbaijan ranked lower, according to the report published in May and covering 2021.



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