21/09/2005 | Writer: KAOS GL

Turkey's sole LGBT civil rights organization could be shut down after the deputy governor of the capital, Ankara, petitioned a court to rule the group is breaking the nation's immorality laws.

Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Organization applied for official government status as "a non governmental agency" on July 15. The group had been in existence since 1994 but until now had not sought official approval.

The Ministry of Interior accepted the application and forwarded it to its local branch in Ankara which functions under the Mayor of Ankara.

This week, Selahattin Ekremoglu, the deputy governor of Ankara, asked a court at the Principal Registry to order Kaos closed.

Tags: human rights