Turkish LGBTI activist arrested for social media posts

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Uğur Büber, a 23-year-old LGBTI activist who was detained by police on Dec. 27, was arrested by a Turkish court and sent to the Kepsut L Type Prison on Monday, according to the KAOSGL (Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association).

According to the report, during his interrogation, Büber was asked about the political comments, analyses and criticisms he shared on his Facebook account.

Büber, a student in Balıkesir University’s Turkish Language and Literature Department in the southern Marmara region, told KAOSGL that he was also asked which associations he was a member of and “whether [he] has a relative who is a member of a terrorist organization.”

“I absolutely disagree with the accusations directed at me. I am a human rights activist. The duty of human rights activists is to tell the state about things that go wrong, to correct or to change those things, to work on them, and to remind the lawmakers how necessary that is. Since my adolescence, I have believed that nothing can be solved with guns and war. I always believe that people can solve problems by talking. Because of that, the allegations that I disseminated propaganda for a group of armed men or that I am a member of the group are false. ” (Turkey Purge)

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