Condemnation of police violence at Istanbul Pride

In a last-minute move, the governor of Istanbul banned Sunday‚Äôs Pride Parade, using the month of Ramadan as a justification. In previous years, Prides were also held during Ramadan, without obstruction by the state and tens of thousands people participating. As demonstrators gathered to start the Pride Parade, defying the ban, they got violently attacked…

Werkbezoek Turkije

Vorige week bracht ik mijn eerste werkbezoek aan Turkije als rapporteur namens het Europees Parlement. Daarbij had ik ontmoetingen met maatschappelijke organisaties, vakbond vertegenwoordigers, journalisten, mensenrechtenverdedigers, ministers en parlementariers.