PACE President reminds Turkey of the right to freedom of association following the prohibition of a gay association

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Lluís Maria de Puig, today expressed his profound concern after the banning of Turkey’s only gay rights association, just ordered by a Turkish court.

 

“The arguments put forward by the prosecutor, reportedly leading to the closure of the association Lambda Istanbul whose activities were held to infringe the laws on public morality, are puzzling to me,” said Mr de Puig.

 

“Freedom of expression and freedom of association are enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, which Turkey has ratified as a member of the Council of Europe. Thus any person, whether lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, has the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, without discrimination. It rests with the authorities to ensure that everyone can exercise these rights,” the PACE President stated.