Civicus Monitor Report on Turkey: Mass Protests Over Istanbul Convention, LGBTI Rights, and Journalists Freedoms Targeted Again

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January 26, 2021

The latest Civicus Monitor Report for Turkey, covering the latest information on the state of the freedom of association, assembly, and expression, delivered by BCSDN and published by Civicus, reflects on worrisome trends of the civil society and journalist position in the country. Due to complete restrictions on LGBTI events, including Pride marches, the authorities have enforced at different levels, LGBTI communities have been prevented from exercising their right to peaceful assembly. Following the incidents and human rights violations during the Istanbul Pride March, many countries and international organizations, among which the Council of Europe (CoE), have urged the Turkish authorities to stop the brutalities. During this period, protests were held on various occasions. In Istanbul, the protesters voiced anger after the government’s decision to withdraw from the CoE Convention to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. Regarding freedom of expression, cases of pressure and attacks against journalists were again of concern in this reporting period. Read more here.


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