Pride celebration by Middle East Technical University students, May 2018 © ODTU LGBTI+DOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 144/19 HERE UPDATE of 6 March 2020: The next hearing in the trial is set for 12 March 2020. The calls to action remain the same.
Eighteen students and one academic from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara who are facing criminal charges for allegedly joining an LGBTI Pride Parade on the university’s campus on 10 May 2019. The trial will start on 12 November. Some of those on trial have stated that they did not participate in the parade and were simply bystanders. No one should be prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Charges against all 19 individuals must be dropped.