Turkey’s southern province of Antalya bans Pride Week activities

The Governorship of Turkey’s southern province of Antalya has banned all Pride Week activities for two weeks in the country’s fifth largest province and leading tourism haven.

The governor’s office has called off Antalya’s third Pride Week, citing the Turkish Law on Meetings and Demonstrations, which gives governors the authority to take measures to ensure peace and security within the borders in addition to providing public welfare, left-wing news site Artı Gerçek reported.

Antalya joins Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul, where the LGBTI+ Pride March has been prohibited for the last four years over security concerns. The move has prompted Amnesty International to launch a campaign calling for authorities to allow the Pride March set to take place on June 30. 

“The [Antalya] governor’s office is not only banning the three-day-long activities of Pride Week, they are banning all LGBTI activities for 15 days as of June 15.

Accordingly, calling for, reacting to the ban online or protesting the ban have all been prohibited. In short, everything has been banned,‘’ lawyer Ahmet Çevik told Artı Gerçek.

“The ban is in violation of the İstanbul Agreement, the constitutional principle of equality and the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights,‘’ Çevik added.