Monday, 27 June 2011 21:19

Report Shows Turkey Ignores LGBT

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A report of Amnesty International shows that Turkey doesn't care about LGBT people.

According to the organization, the government refused to support laws against discrimination and allowed principal politicians to explicitly make homophobe statements.
For example, in 2010, the women’s minister Aliye Kavaf said: "I believe homosexual is a biological disorder, an illness, and must be treated."

Homosexuality is not seen as criminal but LGBT people are frequently considered like criminals with a "immoral behaviour."

LGBT crime victims are sometimes accused of offering their attackers sexual favours, said Amnesty International.

The government also banned all the magazines, gay and lesbian. Andrew Gardner, researcher for Amnesty International on Turkey, said: "The pervasive prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Turkey and the fear of ostracism and attacks, means that many feel compelled to conceal their sexual orientation, even from their families.

“Homophobic statements by government officials have encouraged discrimination against individuals. Rather than repeat past failures, the new government must respect and protect their rights through words and actions.

“It is the responsibility of all the parties in the parliament to ensure that any new constitutional settlement in Turkey outlaws discrimination on grounds of sexuality or gender identity.

“Comprehensive legislation to counter discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is a must – and it should come as soon as possible. However, the authorities must also show the political will to combat discrimination by demonstrating that homophobic public discourse is unacceptable."