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Communication & the International Day Against Homophobia – updated

by Julien Frisch

International Day Against Homophobia 2010

from ALDE News

ALDE 4 EqualityALDE continues to support the International Day Against Homophobia 2010 with a specialized project, “ALDE 4 Equality“, aimed at promoting equality and non-discrimination and LGBT rights in Europe and the participation of ALDE MEPs in Equality events.


The police attacked transsexuals’ protest in Ankara, an anarchist blog reports.

MENA: International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated

from Global Voices Online by Katharine Ganly

By Katharine Ganly

May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Despite homosexual acts still being punishable by law in all of the Middle East and North Africa with the exception of Israel, there are nevertheless many initiatives throughout the region to mark the day, along with more established organisations building on the successes of previous years events.

Turkish gays, lesbians need better treatment, European deputy says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Securing freedoms and rights for gays and lesbians in Turkey will help the country show how compatible it is with European values, a Dutch member of the European Parliament says. According to Marietje Schaake, the human-rights coordinator for the Liberals, a more ‘human discussion’ is needed about sexuality and gender identity
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No Special Prosecutor for Investigation of Hrant Dink Murder

from Bianet :: English
The Istanbul Chief prosecution dismissed the request to appoint a special prosecutor for the murder case of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. 3.5 years after the murder it is still not clear which public officials are responsible and who pulled the trigger.

UN Criticizes Freedom of Expression in Turkey

from Bianet :: English
Turkey was criticized by at least 15 of a total of 54 countries speaking at the UN Human Rights Council on 10 May. Harsh criticism was voiced on Turkey’s tolerance towards torture and on oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people.

Police break up student clashes in Turkey

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey – Police in southern Turkey have stopped fighting between rival Kurdish and nationalist students.

Link between Ergenekon, Dink murder suspects, police say

from Hurriyet Dailynews

The defendants in the Hrant Dink murder trial had connections to six suspects in the ongoing Ergenekon coup plot case, news agencies reported Monday.

Identified Suspect Osman Hayal Not Detained

from Bianet :: English
Two detained defendants of the murder case of Turkish-Armenian journalist Dink were released in the latest hearing. Osman Hayal was identified by a secret witness, though the court did not take the suspect into detention. Former head of the Police Intelligence Department will not be heard.

Human Rights Foundation Award for Freedom of Thought

from Bianet :: English
This year’s “Human Rights Foundation Ayşe Nur Zarakolu Freedom of Thought Award” went to Kurdish politicians Ahmet Türk and Aysel Tuğluk, journalist Mehdi Tanrıkulu, publisher Bedri Adanır and writer Veysi Sarısözen.

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