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Turkey bans all LGBT events in capital to ‘protect public security’

Turkey1 has banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex2 rights groups in its capital city, Ankara.

The ban has been imposed to protect “public security,” the Ankara3 governor’s office said. The restrictions came into effect on Saturday and will last for an “indefinite” period, applying to all LGBTI film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions. The governor’s office claimed such events may cause animosity between different groups and endanger “health and morality,” as well as the rights and freedoms of others.

It warned some groups may be provoked by LGBTI events and take action against participants due to “certain social sensitivities”. Unlike many Muslim countries, homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey and numerous LGBTI associations are legally registered with the state . But there is widespread hostility and rights activists say LGBTI people face discrimination and stigma. The announcement by Ankara’s government is likely to deepen concern about civil liberties under President Recep Tayyip Erdo an4.

Authorities in Ankara had already banned a German gay film festival on Wednesday, the day before it was due to start, citing public safety and terrorism risks . Organisers of Pink Life Queerfest said the ban “deprives us of our constitutional rights in the name of ‘protection'”. Gay pride parades have been banned in Istanbul for the last two years running. In June, 25 LGBTI rights supporters were arrested after attending a banned Pride march .

They were later charged with participating in an unauthorised demonstration. Istanbul’s local government had banned the march at the last minute on the grounds it might lead to provocative actions and disrupt the public order”. Police in riot gear broke up the parade5, firing rubber bullets at demonstrators, after organisers decided to press ahead with the event.

Our security cannot be provided by imprisoning us behind walls, asking us to hide, organisers said . Our security will be provided by recognising us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom.

Earlier this month President Erdogan accused the main opposition party of moving away from the country s moral values after a small opposition-run district installed a quota for LGBTI candidates running for election to a neighbourhood committee.

The Turkish leader, a pious Muslim, said the pro-secular main opposition Republican people s Party, or CHP, would learn “the lesson they deserve” at an election in 2019.

We have no business with those who have declared war on the people s values, he said.

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References

  1. ^ Turkey (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Ankara (www.independent.co.uk)
  4. ^ President Recep Tayyip Erdo an (www.independent.co.uk)
  5. ^ Police in riot gear broke up the parade (www.independent.co.uk)
  6. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)

Brexit could worsen UK crime and damage security across Europe, Europol warns

Brexit 1could worsen crime in the UK and damage security across Europe, a leader of the EU s law enforcement agency has warned.

Brian Donald, Europol2 s chief of staff, said that although the Government has drawn up proposals to remain a part of the organisation an adverse impact should be expected. Theresa May herself warned of the security threat posed by leaving the EU 3during the referendum campaign, when she was the serving Home Secretary. Since becoming Prime Minister she has supported the current Government s position that any risk will be mitigated by new agreements, despite concerns raised by opposition parties and experts including security commissioner Sir Julian King4.

Speaking at a summit in London, Mr Donald said Brexit s effect on both UK and EU security depends on the outcome of negotiations and the final exit deal. But David Davis and Michel Barnier have not yet started discussions on the issue, which are due to take place in the delayed second phase of floundering talks.

Almost certainly the arrangements governing the UK s police cooperation with EU partners will not be as deep and effective as they are today, Mr Donald warned . So this process is about minimising adverse impact.

Senior Brussels official: The EU is planning for a no-deal Brexit

The former Serious Organised Crime Agency officer said Brexit would also have an impact on crime in the UK, especially if it loses access to resources including the Schengen Information System (SIS), European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and European Criminal Records Information Exchange System. No country that is not a member of the EU or Schengen zone currently has access to the SIS or is party to the EAW, which generates more than 2,000 arrests every year in Britain. Mr Donald told the National Security Summit that serious criminals could exploit resulting intelligence gaps that would make them harder to trace, adding that any curbs on freedom of movement will generate business for people smugglers and economic de-regulation would create a honeypot for fraudsters .

Reasonable assumptions point to a worse situation than now in the UK, he added.

I am sure the British authorities are studying these scenarios closely but of course any change in crime trends will very much depend on which Brexit we end up with.

Mr Donald said Europol had repeated calls for security cooperation to be among the highest priorities in the Brexit negotiations in the interest of both sides amid heightened security threats and terror attacks. The Government has proposed a new security treaty between the UK and EU5 to ensure a comprehensive new security, law enforcement and criminal justice partnership after Brexit. A policy paper published last month, days after the attempted bombing of a London Underground train, said the treaty would would be underpinned by our shared principles and should make sure our partnership has the agility to respond to the ever-changing threats we face .

Mr Davis, the Brexit Secretary, said at the time: We already have a deep level of collaboration with the EU on security matters and it is in both our interests to find ways to maintain it. The Home Office said the UK had been a leading contributor to information sharing and in the EU level. Europol already has a model for cooperation with non-EU states, including the US, Australia and Norway, but any negotiations over continued British membership will be handled by the European Commission.

It is expected to impose conditions on any agreement, such as on the UK s data protection enforcement, or remaining under the European Court of Justice s jurisdiction. Britain will retain its current security arrangements with other international bodies linked to the G7, Interpol and the United Nations. A Home Office spokesperson said: As we prepare to leave the EU it is vital that we agree a new way to ensure continued security, law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation.

This is why last month the Government outlined its proposal to seek a new treaty with the EU which will underpin our future partnership, building on the already deep level of collaboration we have.

Both the UK and Member States have made clear how crucial this cooperation is in keeping our citizens safe and we look forward to discussing this as part of the negotiations.

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References

  1. ^ Brexit (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ Europol (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ warned of the security threat posed by leaving the EU (www.independent.co.uk)
  4. ^ security commissioner Sir Julian King (www.independent.co.uk)
  5. ^ proposed a new security treaty between the UK and EU (www.independent.co.uk)
  6. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)

Rome to heighten security after woman ‘bound and raped’ in park …

Officials in Rome1 are calling for heightened security after a German woman was reportedly bound and raped in a park overnight. The tourist was allegedly robbed and bound before being raped in the Villa Borghese park just north of the Italian capital s centre, CBS news reports2. In the same 24 hours, police in Catania said they arrested a man accused of raping a doctor to whom he had gone for medical help.

News of the overnight attacks comes following a spate of reported rapes around the country, prompting the capital s mayor, Virginia Raggi, to call the past month a black September for Italy . Ms Raggi called for increased police patrols and video surveillance in Rome. The mayor, who belongs to the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, also called for special laws to be put in place, but did not elaborate further.

The attacks follow a case in Florence where two American students said they were sexually assaulted by two Carabinieri officers3 after the police offered them a ride home from a disco in their patrol car. Both police officers involved have been suspended as an investigation into the allegations continues. In August, a Polish tourist alleged she was gang raped and her partner was brutally beaten in an attack on a beach in Rimini4, a popular tourist destination.

Nicola Zingaretti, the president of the wider Lazio region, said on Tuesday: This further rape should not leave us speechless.

First of all, ensure justice, he wrote on Twitter .

Together, we raise our voices against violence against women.

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References

  1. ^ Rome (independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ CBS news reports (www.cbsnews.com)
  3. ^ sexually assaulted by two Carabinieri officers (www.independent.co.uk)
  4. ^ attack on a beach in Rimini (www.independent.co.uk)
  5. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)