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Prosecuted for Celebrating LGBTI Rights

Biology students and LGBTI+ defenders Melike Balkan and Özgür Gür are facing trial over a peaceful protest at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. The two are leading members of the METU LGBTI+ Solidarity Group. Amid an upsurge in homophobia and increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Turkey, they have held numerous marches, meetings and other events. The METU LGBTI+ Solidarity Group has organised an annual Pride march on campus since 2011. In 2019, the university’s management told students the Pride march planned for 10 May could not go ahead. Undeterred, the group staged a Pride sit-in. The university called the police, who used excessive force against the peaceful protesters. They arrested at least 23 students – including Melike and Özgür – and an academic. Melike, Özgür, and many of their peers now face the prospect of three years in prison.

Take Action for Melike & Özgür

The charges against Melike, Özgür and their peers must be dropped, as no one should be prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Please tweet Turkish Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül @abdulhamitgul.

Suggested Tweet: Hey @abdulhamitgul Turkish students Melike & Özgür were simply defending their right to celebrate Pride when they were arrested. They could now face up to three years in prison. We are calling on you to ensure that they are acquitted at their trial on 30th April. #LoveIsOnTrial

Send an Email: go to amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/trialagainst-students-and-academic-continues

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Biology students and LGBTI+ defenders Melike Balkan and Özgür Gür are facing trial over a peaceful protest at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara.

Prosecuted for Celebrating LGBTI Rights

Biology students and LGBTI+ defenders Melike Balkan and Özgür Gür are facing trial over a peaceful protest at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. The two are leading members of the METU LGBTI+ Solidarity Group. Amid an upsurge in homophobia and increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Turkey, they have held numerous marches, meetings and other events. The METU LGBTI+ Solidarity Group has organised an annual Pride march on campus since 2011. In 2019, the university’s management told students the Pride march planned for 10 May could not go ahead. Undeterred, the group staged a Pride sit-in. The university called the police, who used excessive force against the peaceful protesters. They arrested at least 23 students – including Melike and Özgür – and an academic. Melike, Özgür, and many of their peers now face the prospect of three years in prison.

Take Action for Melike & Özgür

The charges against Melike, Özgür and their peers must be dropped, as no one should be prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Please tweet Turkish Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül @abdulhamitgul.

Suggested Tweet: Hey @abdulhamitgul Turkish students Melike & Özgür were simply defending their right to celebrate Pride when they were arrested. They could now face up to three years in prison. We are calling on you to ensure that they are acquitted at their trial on 30th April. #LoveIsOnTrial

Send an Email: go to amnesty.org.uk/urgent-actions/trialagainst-students-and-academic-continues

Handy timings to find the Categories

Investigation00:02:58
Features00:08:42
Gaby Rado00:14:17
Student Journalist00:20:37
Radio & Podcast00:26:15
Broadcast News00:32:08
60th Anniversary Film00:38:23
Digital Media00:40:48
Written News00:44:41
Photojournalism
00:50:09
Regional Media
00:53:49
Documentaries01:00:43

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