Turkish Society and Human Rights Violations of LGBT People

21 Jun

This article was original researched and published on the News786 website, in 2015, until the site ran into difficulties, and Modi’s government took down the website:

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In 2015, Kemal Ördek, a Turkish trans activist, was raped, and then put in prison cell with her attackers.

Kemal Ördek had answered her door to two men, who forced their way into her home. Ördek was robbed of her mobile phone, raped, and then arrested by police. Fortunately, the rapists were found and taken into custody. Unfortunately, they were placed in the same cell as Ördek.

In a blog post, on the website LGBTI News Turkiye, Ördek said that they (the attackers) threatened murder, if the charges were not dropped.  The attackers response? “Drop this case. You know what will happen if you don’t… we know where you live now”.

Ördek refused to sign a statement, which focused on the attackers’ version of events. In any event, the attackers were released without charge, and continued to call on Ördek’s phone for some months after the ordeal.

At the 2015 Istanbul Pride Parade, in Taksim Square, Turkish Riot Police fired their water cannons on attendees. Police also beat and fired rubber bullets at them, and were filmed beating a trans woman and knocking her to the ground.

Turkish opposition members of parliament formed a human chain in the square to protect marchers from riot police, Al Jazeera America reported.

In 2013, a trans woman died, after being subjected to a brutal attack. The victim was reportedly a resident of the Meis district, where complaints of police violence, and pressure from local residents, have been reported since October 2012.

Again, in 2013, the Bar Association in Diyarbakir, the largest city of Turkiye’s mainly Kurdish southeast, received an application from teenage boy, who, on the advice of friends, sought refuge with the institution. The teenager, whose name is withheld due to his receiving death threats, gave the following statement: “I was beaten by family members after they learned I was homosexual”.

In 2012, a father was jailed for killing his gay son. Roşin Çiçek was found beaten, bloody, and with a bullet wound in his head, at the side of the road in a Turkish town on 2 July 2012.

Similarly, a year earlier, in 2011, three transgender activists were sentenced to prison on October 25, for ‘resisting the police.’

In 2008, Ahmet Yildiz, 26, a physics student, who represented his country at an international gay gathering in San Francisco, was shot, leaving a cafe near the Bosphorus strait. He died. It was believed to be an honor killing.

‘Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in Turkiye face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT persons. Same-sex sexual activity was legalized in the time of the Ottoman Empire and homosexual activity has always been a legal act since the modernization of Turkiye, which began in 1923.

LGBT people have had the right to seek asylum in Turkiye, under the Geneva Convention since 1951, but same-sex couples, are not given the same legal protections, available to opposite-sex couples.’ (Source: Wikipedia).

The Turkish government and police authorities remain silent and are yet to take LGBT rights seriously. Critics have stated that the police, Turkiye’s legal system, and the courts, are complicit in LGBT hate crimes.

 

Post Script:

In more recent events, of 2016, Turkish authorities have shot and killed in excess of 10 refugees, including several children, who were fleeing war-torn Syria, which has been caused by Western military intervention, in seeking regime change.

In addition, at this year’s 2016 LGBT parade, police again, fired rubber bullets, and used tear gas, and water cannons, yet again, on attendees.

Not only this, but Erdoğan, has recently seen to the removal of a university professor from her post for criticising him, for his abuse of human rights and freedom of expression, to criticise his policies and dictatorship.

 

As Turkiye is seeking to hasten its membership of the EU community, and the EU appears happy to acquiesce, I would strongly urge anyone reading this article, to sign the petition below, to prevent this from happening, until such time, as Turkiye reforms its Human Rights record: https://t.co/cf66k2xgB2.

 

 

 

 

Article by Jason Schumann, aka @debatingculture

 

 

 

 

 

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