fredag 7 januari 2011

Turkey: Facebook removes accounts for human rights activists!

According to a KAOS GL press release on behalf of MorEl Eskisehir LGBTT Initiative
MorEl Eskişehir facebook group -along with 10 administrative accounts- was terminated on 28.12.2010, without any warning or notic :

KAOS GL is doing this press release on behalf of MorEl Eskisehir LGBTT Initiative

To Press and Public Opinion,

06.01.2011

MorEl Eskişehir facebook group -along with 10 administrative accounts- was terminated on 28.12.2010, without any warning or notice.

Facebook administration explained the reasons behind the decision of shutting down the group of a non-governmental organization which carries out the struggle for human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite and transexual (LGBTT) community, in Eskişehir and throughout the Republic of Turkey, as:

“Groups that support drug abuse, nudity and adult content, violence and brutality, discrimination and terrorist activities, are not allowed.”

MorEl Eskişehir does not belong to any of the aforementioned categories. Comparing a non-governmental organization that is formed by people who face and struggle with discrimination and violence at school, work or any part of life for that matter, with violence and brutality related groups, is unthinkable!

Seeing this as an obstruction solely to our group is not possible! Shutting down MorEl Eskişehir group on an international social network is surely a strike against the freedom of speech and communication of LGBTT community in Eskişehir and in all the world!

We condemn the facebook administration concerning the deletion of our group and accounts of our volunteer friends! We demand our group to be reopened and accounts of our volunteer friends restored.

Our struggle will carry on, in spite of any obstruction there may be!

MorEl Eskişehir LGBTT Organization

morel.eskisehir@gmail.com

http://moreleskisehir.blogspot.com

Those who support us:

Siyah Pembe Üçgen İzmir LGBT Association

Hevjîn Diyarbakır LGBTT Formation

Pembe Hayat LGBTT Solidarity Association

Kaos GL Association

Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Solidarity Association

Socialist Feminist Collective
This is NOT acceptable, facebook! The censoring of groups and websites dedicated to human rights must NOT be subject to government pressure OR such decisions made lightly without due process. This needs to be adressed because next time it could be anyone. What if it had been Amnesty's or UNICEF's accounts that were removed? Or a political party? Social media is a power to be reckoned with but unless we, the users, can trust those who wield that power we are in effect living in a dictatorship subject to Mark Zuckerberg.

I call on YOU to send your protests to facebook. Send a copy or link to this or another page displaying this pressrelease or just copy the pressrelease as above in the message. Scream, shout, link, go viral because if it was ever important to stand up for your rights it's now!
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