Thursday, 15 December 2011 17:54

Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus Could Decriminalise Homosexuality

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The anti-gay laws of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus could be repealed, a proposal is currently written.

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is an independent state since 1983 which always criminalizes homosexuality.

Last October, Marina Yannakoudakis, who represents London in European Council, had asked Derviş Eroğlu, the president of this state, to decriminalized homosexuality.

Eroğlu said: "The draft proposal for the repeal of the part of the Criminal Code, Chapter 154, which penalizes same sex sexual activity has been submitted to the general Assembly on 25 October 2011 by a political party, the Communal Democracy Party."

Yannakoudakis is "pleased that Dr. Eroğlu has honoured the promise he made."

She said: "There have been a number of concerns about human rights in the northern part of Cyprus. By agreeing to decriminalise homosexuality Dr. Eroğlu is taking concrete measures to ensure those living in the north part of Cyprus may enjoy the same human rights as their fellow Europeans."