Turkey: Lambda Istanbul LGBTT Solidarity Association cannot be closed
On June 2006, Istanbul Governorship Provincial Directorate of Associations, had declared to Lambdaistanbul LGBTT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, travesty, transsexual) Solidarity Association with a text that the words composing the name of the association (lesbian, gay, bisexual, travesty and transsexual) and the aims stated at the second item of the charter are covered by the conditions restrictive for freedom of foundation of society and Turkish equivalent of the word ‘Lambda’ should be stated with the words composing the names of the association. The directorate asked for the completion of these defects in thirty days.
Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Solidarity Association had given place to the Turkish equivalent of the word ‘Lambda’ in the charter and had sent the new formation of the charter to the directory of association by stating that they would not change their names because it was totally against the aim of the association.
Istanbul Governorship had demanded the closure of the association with the accusation of the charter’s being against to the laws and public morals from the Attorney generalship of Beyoglu. Attorney generalship had decided to disclosure of the society on the basis of the absence of any situation against the laws and public morals in the name and aims of the association after evaluation of the process and the proposal of accusation. Governorship of Istanbul appealed to the superior court with the proposal of re-evaluation of the decision after this judgment. The court decided to claim the association with the demand of closure. The Attorney Generalship sent the text consisting of the reasons for the closure to the Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Solidarity Association. The process of the lawsuit began with the first trial in July -19th – 2007. The date of the following trial was determined to be October-18th -2007, Thursday at 11 am at Beyoglu Sutluce Administration of Justice 5th Court.
It wasn’t stated what is suitable or against the laws and morals both in the official correspondences and in the text of the attorney generalship. The chapter consisting of the aims of the society (2nd issue of the charter) is formed with 23 different paragraphs. No clear explanation for the inappropriate sentences and concepts taking place in these paragraphs was given. No clarity at this point of closure takes place…