In January 2006 three LGBT groups were denied the right to a fair hearing on their application for consultative status to the UN's Economic and Social Council. The US aligned itself with severely oppressive regimes including Iran, China, Sudan and Zimbabwe prompting an Amnesty International campaign pressuring Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to change the US position and grant LGBT rights groups a voice at the United Nations. The US reversed its stance and on December 11, 2006 the applications were approved allowing the groups to be able to directly raise human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the United Nations. Read the ECOSOC press release »
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Turkey: Reverse Istanbul Pride and Trans Pride Ban (UA 143/16)
On 17 June the Governorship of Istanbul announced that the Trans Pride and the Istanbul Pride marches, planned for 19 and 26 June respectively, were banned for security reasons. The authorities are denying LGBTI people and their allies their right to peaceful assembly.
Amnesty International is concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier, an Ashinabe-Lakota Native American who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.
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