29/11/2022 | Writer: Selma Koçak

The request for a stay of execution was rejected in the case regarding the İstanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week bans ordered by Beyoğlu and Kadıköy District Governorships.

2022 İstanbul Pride Week bans were brought before the Constitutional Court Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+

The request for a stay of execution was rejected in the lawsuit filed against 2022 Pride Week bans by İstanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week Committee and Social Policy, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association (SPoD). SPoD and the committee appealed with the Constitutional Court (AYM).

Beyoğlu and Kadıköy District Governorships banned all the events of the İstanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week this year. As soon as the ban decision was announced, İstanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week Committee and SPoD filed a lawsuit against the bans imposed on the events. They requested a stay of execution regarding the ban decision and remarked that the decision of Beyoğlu district Governorship was not announced clearly at first and the administrative institutions didn’t even pay due consideration while restricting fundamental rights and freedoms. İstanbul 10th Administrative Court rejected the request of stay of execution regarding both bans. Therewith the organizations appealed to the Constitutional Court.

SPoD and the İstanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week Committee told the followings about the verdict rendered after months:

We declare to the public that we, as LGBTI+s, will push ahead our legal struggle against LGBTI+ Pride March bans, which started in 2015, ever-increasing hate policies against LGBTI+s later on, and hate rallies supported by Radio Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), with the aim of being able to use our constitutional rights as equal and free citizens.”


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