U.S. Department of State
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b. Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association
GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE
A gay and lesbian
pride conference scheduled for July 2-6 in Istanbul was banned at the last minute by the
governor of Istanbul on July 2, apparently on the grounds that it would be contrary to
Turkey's "tradition and moral values" and that it might disturb the peace. He
allegedly sent men to many hotels in Istanbul, instructing them not to provide lodgings
for participants. The next day, Turkish authorities arrested 28 foreign delegates, most of
them while they were on their way to participate in a press conference in protest of the
ban. They were detained for over 5 hours, threatened with possible strip searches and
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) tests, and deported on a Turkish airline to Germany.
The organizers had previously received approval of the event from the Interior Ministry.
Associations must submit their charters for government approval, a lengthy and cumbersome
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