29/05/2008 | Writer: KAOS GL

May 29, 2008

The judge ordered today to shut down Lambda Istanbul one of the Turkey's leading LGBTT organizations. Below is the press statement issued to raise awarness about this ruling.

Dear Madam/Sir,

The court decided to close down the Lambda Istanbul LGBTT Association.
Here is the press statement of Lambda Istanbul. For your information

Lambdaistanbul Court Case Decision: What is Next?
Istanbul, May 29th, 2008

On May 29th, 2008, the local court in Istanbul has announced its judgment for Lambdaistanbul LGBT Solidarity Association to be shut down. The legal process will go on with the Supreme Court of Appeals looking
over the case file. The association is not yet closed down until there is a final decision by the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Lambdaistanbul, a local organization which has been active since 1993, has been a registered association in May, 2006. However, the City Government of Istanbul has claimed the association's statute to be against the law and public morality, and applied to the prosecutor's office for a closing case against Lambdaistanbul. Although the prosecutor has rejected the case on the basis of freedom of association, the City Government has appealed to the decision, so the issue was taken to court. The proceedings started in July 2007. The sixth hearing of the case was heard on May 29th, 2008 in Beyoglu 3rd Civil Court of First Instance, and the local court has made a decision for Lambdaistanbul to be shut down, despite the legal expert's report which stated that the association is not against the law or public morality.

The way we see this process is that LGBT organizations that currently exist either in practice or as registered entities in Turkey are trying to be pushed out of the legal domain. Instead of accepting their existence and protecting their basic rights, the state authorities choose to condemn LGBT people, by depriving them of their right to association.

We will go on with our work to raise our ground of legitimacy through legal recognition, knowing that it is a long road to build the legitimate ground for any struggle of rights.

We call the international community to support us in our work:

1. We invite your organization to sign our press release, which will be issued on Tuesday, June 3rd, to increase national and international awareness on this matter. If you want your organization's name to appear in this press release as a supporter of Lambdaistanbul, please contact us at: lambda@lambdaistanbul.org

2. We will do a demonstration on Saturday, June 7th, to protest against this court decision. We invite you to organize campaigns and demonstrations in your own area, in order to support our cause. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: lambda@lambdaistanbul.org

With solidarity,

Lambdaistanbul LGBT Solidarity Association
Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Dayanisma Dernegi Tel: +90 (0) 212 245 70 68
Istiklal Caddesi, Katip Celebi Mah. Tel Sok. No: 28/6 Kat:5
Beyoglu - Istanbul

Yasemin OZ - Attorney
Secretary of Law Affairs-Board Member
Kaos Gay And Lesbian Cultural Researches and Solidarity Association
GMK Bulvari 29/12 Kizilay/ANKARA-TURKEY
Tel: +903122300358
Fax: +903122306277
Tags: human rights