Wissam Tawfiq Abyad, a Prisoner of Conscience, was released on January 15, 2004. Wissam was arrested, detained and charged with "habitual debauchery" after he went to meet a contact he made at a gay website. Wissam's private conversations with the man over the Internet were used as evidence against him.
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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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