Turkey: Case to close Siyah Pembe adjourned after first hearing

February 11, 2010

Logo of Siyah Pembe (Black Pink Triangle Association)I’ve previously made a couple of posts (here and here) about the closure threat facing the Black Pink Triangle Association.

Via Kaos-GL, I understand that the case finally reached the courts earlier this week, only to be adjourned after the first hearing. Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher, was present as an observer at the courts and said:

“The decision to adjourn the hearing rather than dismiss this baseless and discriminatory case is a signal that the judicial harassment of LGBT associations continues”

And there is certainly a lot of history to support the claim of state harassment: cases have been brought against Kaos-GL (2005), Pembe Hayat (2006) and last year (2009) Lambda Istanbul won its appeal against closure after a four-year legal fight.

In the trial […] lawyers for Black Pink Triangle association called on the court to uphold the right to freedom of association.

The public prosecutor stated that if the authorities did not audit associations such as the Black Pink Triangle, it “would turn social life into anarchy”.

The case was adjourned until 20 April after the judge said there had been letters from abroad regarding the case that he wanted translated before continuing.

Outside the court, Black Pink Triangle association issued a statement criticizing the authorities for attempting to close an LGBT association at a time when LGBT people are victims of hate crimes in Turkey.

“The only way for LGBT people to resist the oppression, isolation and marginalization in social life due to their sexual orientation and gender identity is through solidarity and coming together,” said the Black Pink Triangle spokesperson.

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Previous posts related to the continuing war against trans women in Turkey:

  • Human rights violations against LGBT individuals in Turkey in 2008 (August 9, 2009)
  • Turkey: trials in connection with the murders of two trans women now under way (July 9, 2009)
  • Unsafe haven: LGBT asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey (July 8, 2009)
  • Turkey – new Chief of Police for Istanbul. Will this bring an end to the “undeclared war” against trans women? (June 15, 2009)
  • Turkish policemen on trial for attack on trans woman (May 29, 2009)
  • Turkey: another trans woman stabbed to death – UPDATE (May 29, 2009)
  • Turkey: another trans woman stabbed to death (May 25, 2009)
  • Turkish parliament questioned on trans safety (May 12, 2009)
  • Lambda Istanbul granted permission to continue operating (May 7, 2009)
  • Suspected murderer of trans rights activist arrested in Turkey (April 21, 2009)
  • Every 15 days, another trans person is murdered in Turkey (April 14, 2009)
  • The undeclared war against LGBTT people in Turkey continues (March 29, 2009)
  • Another trans woman murdered in Turkey (March 14, 2009)
  • Trans woman stabbed to death in Istanbul (March 12, 2009)
  • Lambda Istanbul wins appeal against closure (January 28, 2009)
  • Trans rights abuses in Turkey (November 29, 2008)
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