LGBTT Rights Platform
Press Release, Thursday, 26 March 2009, Turkey
Subject: Attacks and murders in Eskisehir, Bursa and Edirne in Turkey
Homophobic and transphobic violence doesn’t stop: Assault in Eskisehir, murders in Bursa and Edirne!
A transsexual woman was attacked and beaten in Eskisehir. A transsexual woman was found her head cut in Bursa. A man has been killed by his friend on the claim that he asked for sexual intercourse.
There is still no word from the authorities about the cases of Ahmet Yildiz who were shot to death on 15 July 2008 in Istanbul and Dilek Ince who were shot to death on 12 November 2008 in Ankara. While we were in grief after them, another transsexual woman Ebru Soykan was stabbed to death on 10 March 2009 in Istanbul.
We continue to ask the same question again, “When are you going to stop watching?” The murderers, who are encouraged by the silence of the state, continue on their fearless attacks. The recent news from Bursa horrified the LGBTT community in Turkey. We are in great sorrow after these brutal attacks.
Human rights violations against LGBTT individuals continue in the form of violation of rights to life
Because crimes against LGBTT individuals are not punished!
Killers are being awarded with grievous provocation decreases in punishment!
LGBTT individuals are being excluded and isolated through hate speech!
LGBTT individuals forced into isolation are represented as lives with no values!
LGBTT individuals are being avoided from their legal rights and thus unprotected!
We are worried!
Because the government does not take action to enact necessary legislation and implementation to avoid human rights violations against LGBTT individuals
We don’t know if there will be any comments on the killings of Ahmet Yildiz and Dilek Ince!
We are worried because we don’t know whether the person who killed Ebru Soykan will be awarded with grievous provocation decrease in punishment!
We are not sure if the brutal murder in Bursa will be solved, or not!
We are concerned, because the government makes LGBTT persons easy targets by watching the attacks on them and thus encourages murderers.
We are concerned, because the government is paving the way for killings by not protecting the right to life of its LGBTT citizens.
Until when are you going to stop watching the hate against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, and Transsexual (LGBTT) individuals?
Until when are you going to stop awarding crimes against LGBTT individuals and encouraging new crimes?
Why are the police departments in Istanbul and Ankara not able to find the murderers of Ahmet Yildiz and Dilek Ince?
Why are there no comments from the Public Prosecutors?
Will the Bursa case be solved?
We wonder if there is an undeclared war against homosexuals and transsexuals in Turkey?
If not, how many others should be killed to make you take action?
We don’t need mercy; we claim our basic human rights:
The right to life of LGBTT individuals must be protected equally with other citizens.
Cases of gay and trans murders must be solved.
Attackers and murderers must be found.
Decreases based on grievous provocation while punishing murderers of gay and trans persons must be abolished.
Crimes against LGBTT individuals must be defined under “hate crimes.”
You are committing crime by watching the murders, not providing right to life and imprisoning LGBTT persons into an unjust life!
LGBTT RIGHTS PLATFORM
Izmir Black Pink Triangle Association
Izmir Transvestite and Transsexual Initiative
Kaos GL Association
Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Solidarity Association
PurpleHand Eskisehir LGBTT Initiative
Pink Life LGBTT Solidarity Association
Diyarbakir Piramid LGBTT Initiative
Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Dayanisma Dernegi
Tel: +90 (0) 212 245 70 68
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