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Is Turkey more secure after a blanket ban on LGBT events?

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On Nov. 18, the Ankara Governor’s Office issued a statement announcing an effective ban on all public events related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, including all films, exhibitions and demonstrations. Security concerns and “public sensitivities” were cited as major reasons for the ban.

This blanket ban came three days after the Turkish capital outlawed a German LGBT film festival, the day before it was due to start on Nov. 15. The reason cited for banning the festival was “public safety and terrorism risk.”

“A part of society with different qualities in terms of social class, race, religion, sect, or region could explicitly incite another part [of the society] to grudges and enmity, posing an open and imminent danger in terms of public safety,” the Governor Office stated on Nov. 19.

The ban is a clear violation of the Turkish Constitution, which obliges the state “to strive for the removal of political, economic, and social obstacles which restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual in a manner incompatible with the principles of justice and of the social state governed by........

© Hürriyet Daily News