April 14, 2014. “Towards a homosexual-only prison”
The Ministry of Justice has begun the initiation for the establishment of a special LGBT prison for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual inmates who are, at the time, held in “pink wards.” Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ declared that the project has begun to build a prison to hold prisoners and detainees with alternative sexual orientations. This project, which has no precedent anywhere in the world, was met with criticism for reasons that it would “alienate LGBT individuals from socializing environments.”
April 14, 2014. “Trans Inmate on Hunger Strike: 'I don’t want to die!'”
Avşa, a trans inmate on hunger strike for the last 60 days, has told of the sexual assault, violence and isolation she has been put through during her incarceration. “I have been hungry for 60 days and I don’t want to die. Because I was jailed before I had a chance to flourish.”
The Ministry of Justice responded to the Republican People’s Party Member of Parliament Veli Ağbaba’s inquiry by stating that they will establish a separate prison for inmates with “different sexual orientations.” As the Civil Society in the Penal System Foundation, we do not find the special prison planned for LGBTI inmates to be positive and we criticize it. We have several reasons for our criticism.
April 18, 2014. “BDP MP Queries Minister About Trans Prisoner’s Condition”
Halil Aksoy, a Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) MP from Ağrı, has submitted a query to the Minister of Justice, Bekir Bozdağ, on the situation of Avşa Erkuşan, a trans convict who has repeatedly been subjected to sexual harassment and assault in various prisons during her sentence and who, for the past two months, has been on a hunger strike.
April 18, 2014. “Separate Prison for the LGBTI, Collective Isolation”
LGBTI organizations, lawyers and MPs from Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Republican People’s Party (CHP) offer their assessment on the project for separate prisons for the LGBTI: “collective isolation,” “concentration camp,”“labelling,”“against the ECHR”
Published on April 21, 2014 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization