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Written Questions on the Istanbul Gay Pride Parade attacked by police

On June 29, Marietje Schaake and Sophie in 't Veld (D66/ALDE) submitted to Vice-President / High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, Parliamentary Written Questions on the Istanbul Gay Pride Parade attacked by police. Please find the full text below. Authors: Sophie in 't Veld, Marietje Schaake Subject: Istanbul Gay Pride Parade attacked by police Yesterday, the Turkish police fired water cannon, tear gas and rubber pellets on pride march participants to end the annual gay pride in the centre of Istanbul. Peaceful demonstrations are increasingly dispersed through violent means in Turkey. The police stopped the LGBTI activists gathering near Taksim Square and chased away hundreds of them. Organizers of the Istanbul 2015 Pride Week stated in a Facebook Post: "The 13th Istanbul LGBTI Pride Parade [..] has suddenly been banned by the Governorate using the month of Ramadan as the reasoning without any announcement." [1] 1. Does the HR/VP condemn the violent dispersal of the peaceful Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul, the largest gay pride event in the Muslim world? 2. What actions will the HR/VP take to secure the right to freedom of assembly and to combat homophobic actions by the authorities in this candidate EU Member State? 3. "The coming period offers opportunities for further strengthening the EU-Turkey relationship and to advance in broadening EU-Turkey cooperation in all fields, for the benefit of all our citizens", as stated by the HR/VP stated on 8 June. How will the HR/VP promote our European values and protect the enjoyment of all human rights by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Turkey? [1]
More Written Questions by Marietje Schaake: 29-06-2015 Written Questions on the detention and forced psychiatric tests of a 16 year old blogger in Singapore 24-06-2015 Written Questions on the case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court 23-06-2015 Written Questions on GCC-EU human rights cooperation 17-06-2015 Written Questions on arms exports to Bahrain 27-05-2015 Written Questions on the Moroccan lawsuit against human rights defenders 19-03-2015 Written Questions on the prosecution of war crimes in Syria istanbul-gay-pride "21. İstanbul Onur Yürüyüşü Gay Pride (37)" by Lubunya - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons